I have been a fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld since I was a young teenager. I absolutely love the whole Discworld series. Nation isn’t one of the Discworld books, but set in an alternate reality very similar to ours. The writing style is wonderfully Pratchettesque.
Nation follows the story of Mau, the sole survivor on his island, after a devastating tsunami wipes out everyone and everything he knows. A shipwreck leaves Daphne on the island, and the two soon meet and begin rebuilding a new (non-romantic, for the most part) life. Soon, other survivors appear. Through necessity, they band together to survive. And thrive.
There is a lot of sadness in this story. But there’s also hope and humour. In this story, we see the importance of picking ourselves up and carrying on no matter what. We persevere. And we don’t have to live our lives according to the old ways. We can forge new pathways that are better than the old ones.
If you are stuck on ideas for a different book to try, I very highly recommend Terry Pratchett’s Nation.