I didn't really like this book at all, for quite a few reasons. Since it was a month ago that I listened to this, bear with me with the lack of names.
Starting off, I didn't empathize with pretty much any of the Leftover people. They were either far too self-pitying or ridiculously understanding. The lead father and his daughter were essentially abandoned by his wife. Yet he shows no anger at all, and neither really does the daughter. Bullshit. In fact, pretty much everyone was totally understanding of these weird ass cultists and I didn't buy it at all. Only a handful of people showed any anger at these people and those honest reactions were shown as unsympathetic or evil. Then almost the entire book was a leadup to the father possibly sleeping with his daughters friend. Then, that is resolved in her just being gone in the next conversation and no actual showing of her packing up. The friend's character arc was actually one of the most interesting, but then abandoned at the end.
The wife herself, didn't buy her actions at all and was disgusted by the end of that sequence. Both didn't care about her character since I found her unsympathetic for abandoning her family and also didn't buy that she would do what she did at the end.
The whole "hug movement" thing was pretty silly and the resolution was even more out there. A large portion of the book spent on the son crushing on the cultists wife, only for the wife to join another cult and him to take off with the kid? Abandoning the kid at his parents doorsteps and then the lady that lost everyone adopting it?
I felt like pretty much all the plot arcs ended like shit or without resolution. Which may have been the point, since we don't get a resolution on why the people left either. If that is the case, fuck the author because I want to read a novel, not read some silly artsy point he is trying to make. That probably sounds angrier than I really am. I thought his writing was pretty good, just I hated every element of the plot structure and most of the character reactions. Anyway, hopefully next month's is better.