Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
Published April 21, 2017
Hardcover, 448 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 5/5
After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown’s new hockey coach.
Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.
As the big match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt grows deeper. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after all they’ve been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.
I absolutely adore Fredrik Backman‘s writing style, he writes gorgeous lyrically written books that are extremely hard to put down. This one takes place very shortly after Beartown and continues on with the story of what happens after all of the turmoil of the first book. It brings us through the whole aftermath of what was caused during the first book.
I loved reading about all of the beloved characters in the first book in learning more about the ones that I didn’t get to meet more of in the first. I’d have to say I loved this book even more than the first which I didn’t think was going to be even a remote possibility. I went into this one thinking it was going to be beautifully written and a great story but that there was no way the author could top the last book.
There is no doubt in my mind that I will be reading absolutely every book by this author, hopefully I can manage that this year. I think that this series is absolutely worth the hype and if you haven’t picked up Beartown I really suggest you do.