I thought that it would be hard to attach to characters who were pretty much doomed but the author did a great job of creating memorable characters that really pulled the heart strings. Knowing what was going to happen and still seeing these characters go through their daily activities was really poignant. This author does a wonderful job of recreating a moment in time with out being overly maudlin or melodramatic. There are some obvious moments of for shadowing but they aren't heavy handed and very well done. Over all I think the author did a great job mixing fictional elements in with a real event.