I waited nearly a year after reading Beartown before I dared to pick up Us Against You. The author had hinted vaguely at the futures of various characters in the story and I couldn't bear to see some of them come to fruition. Also, Beartown was by far the best book I read last year and I wasn't quite ready to come down off that high. This was only my second experience with Backman's writing, but I'm now convinced that I'll love everything he publishes. The writing style and it's captivating third-person omniscient POV had me emotionally invested in every single character. My heart broke numerous times, but the author didn't fail to end the story with an inspirational degree of hope. Like it's predecessor, Us Against You is a top read and quite possibly, the author will hold my number one spot two years in a row. This book, it's town, and it's wonderfully diverse characters will stay with me for a long time.