Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Us Against You is the sequel to Beartown, shortly after the events of the first book. It’s been a few years since I read Beartown, but that doesn’t matter so much—Us Against You can stand on its own.

Since the story was about a community, there were a lot of characters to follow. Some of them—Ramona, Teemu, Richard Theo—were easy to visualize but the more normal characters were a little more forgettable. And … most of them weren’t likeable. There were a lot of horrible things that happened in Us Against You, and the one that made me saddest happened to Vidar, who was mostly only talked about in the book.

Overall I felt just okay with the book. The narration style made the book feel true to the title, but I wasn’t in the mood for the ominous tone. It felt overdone. If I recall correctly, the vibe of Beartown was very similar (if not the same), so it’s possible that my preferences have simply changed through the years. If a third book does come out, I might not bother reading it. Or if I do, not anytime soon.

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