Acclaimed author of We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Post-Birthday World, among others, Lionel Shriver’s new book is a dystopian look at a future world. Rather than Zombies and Virus, it is the economic collapse of America that is the cause of the end-of-the world-as-we-know-it. The story centers on the Mandible family and how they eke out an existence when rather than accept the new global currency, President Alvarado declares in 2029 that the USA will default on all its loans. The value of the dollar is obliterated entirely. The family must learn to find alternative ways of surviving and Florence and her perceptive twelve-year-old son, Willing, land up providing a base for the rest of the family. There is quite exhaustive economic detail in the first half of the book, but the overall portrayal of the collapse of a superpower and how economic structure creates our reality is chilling.