I just had to request this book! Chernobyl is one of the things I am interested in for several reasons. One because it is so haunting, so scary.
I was eager to see what photographs we would get and what information. Would I see and learn something new?
I loved that this one didn’t just focus on Pripyat. Yes, that is one of the reasons why I took the book because seeing how the town is abandoned is just haunting, but we get plenty of Pripyat. Being build, people living there, and then the aftermath of the ghost town and everything just left behind. But we also get to see wildlife, Belarus and the surrounding areas, and we get to see the reactor. Being build, from the inside, from the outside, and I learned quite some more about the reactor and everything surrounding it. I love it when I already know things but get to learn more!
The text varied in interesting to OMG so boring (when it went more into politics/economics stuff). Sometimes I just gave up on reading as the text just stopped mid-sentence and would continue after 5-6 pages of photographs.. by which time I already forgot what the text said, and thus had to scroll back. It may work in the physical form, though I know from experience it might also not as I have read multiple photography books over the years. I did read, when I could because I read this on a phone and constantly zooming in and out isn’t going so well, the text along with the photographs. Those were interesting to read.
But despite that bit about the text, I did really like reading this one. It was interesting. The photos good. I would recommend it.