my take: I read this shortly after I read Station Eleven, so at first it seemed like another post-apocolyptic story, when it's really a post-nuclear meltdown story. (And some would argue that Station Eleven is not post-apocolyptic but rather post-pandemic. Whatever.)
The protagonist is a teenage girl whose parents both worked at a nuclear plant in Maine. The story is the fall out from the plant disaster ... its effects on Emily as well as the landscape.
It's one of those "what happened after the event" stories which I find interesting ... I imagine the author reading of a newsworthy crisis and begins to wonder what happens to those lives caught in the vicinity of the tragedy.
my source: Heard Diane Rhem and company discussing it on NPR
my verdict: great read