Neville weaves quotes into the story at the start of each chapter in such a way that it makes you look at those quotes in a whole new light. The overall book starts with two quotes that are very apropos for the narrative:
“Chess is Life” – Bobby Fischer
“Life is a kind of chess” – Benjamin Franklin
Unless your favorite kind of reading is picture books to your kids, I highly recommend this novel.
Note – Neville wrote a follow-on story 20 years after publishing The Eight. It is titled The Fire. It is a step down from The Eight, but I could say that about pretty much any book. Go ahead and read it, too, but don’t expect it to be as good as The Eight.