Standalone Sunday is a feature created by the lovely Megan @ bookslayerReads where each Sunday you share a standalone book (a book not part of a series) that you loved or would like to recommend! Please be sure to check out Megan’s wonderful blog to see her original post and recommendations. And be sure to check around the blogosphere for more posts like this!
As I mentioned before, I’m going to have to resort to the classics, as I am quickly running out of standalones that have been published in the last two to three decades. So, for today’s standalone, I recommend:
There Will Come Soft Rains | Ray Bradbury
“The story concerns a household in Allendale, California, in the aftermath of a nuclear war.”
This is actually a short story, one that I read back in the seventh grade. I’ve reread There Will Come Soft Rains several times since then, not because I was instructed to, but because I am in love with this darkly captivating story. Bradbury creates a haunting and melancholic atmosphere through subtle details that are used to describe the house and its robotic inhabitants. Following a devastating nuclear war (inspired by the fears of the Cold War) that has crippled humanity and damaged the earth, the house continues on with its duties despite the absence of its owners. With its emphasis on the state of humanity and acts of terror, the story remains relevant today. And because of this, There Will Come Soft Rains holds the power to stay in your mind for a long time.