In Thomas Mullen’s novel The Last Town on Earth the plot is second to the history and setting. And that’s ok. Set during World War I, while many young American men are fighting in Europe, a small logging town imposes a reverse quarantine to keep out the Spanish Influenza of 1918. Fear in many different forms ultimately leads to the downfall of this small town; best intentions are no longer enough, and the difference between right and wrong is no longer clear.
I love reading about the 1918 flu, and Mullen has done his research. The main character, a 16 year old young man, is likable and one can relate to. What a great book!