. . . an eloquent testament to the human spirit.
A gripping narrative, taut to the point of explosion . . . An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh.
A masterful account of exile and human longing, of triumph in the face of all odds.
An astonishing tale of survival.
Riveting . . . The best book I've read all year
Riveting . . . Tobar vividly narrates the miners' lives post-rescue as they come to terms with their life-changing experience and the media frenzy surrounding it. Rich in local color, this is a sensitive, suspenseful rendering of a legendary story.
Tobar plunges the reader into this world of uncertainty with visceral, present-tense prose and careful pacing . . . Whether the story is completely new to you, or if you were one of the millions glued to the news reports and wondering, will they make it-physically, emotionally, spiritually-you'll be greatly rewarded to learn how they did.
An account that brims with emotion and strength.
His narrative cracks along at a suitably breathless pace... you're unlikely to find a more exciting account.
Chiseled, brooding . . . As Tobar works his way through each miner's recovery, the TV headlines recede from our memory, and a more delicate series of portraits emerges.