To me Equilibrium is a story about friendship, digging yourself out of a hole, finding love, and overcoming loss.
It is also a touching read in that the reader, or at least this reader, sees how patience and not taking "no" for an answer sees another character blossom into knowledge that maybe, just maybe, he is better than his past and that he is stronger than he thought himself to be.
Equilibrium is also a story about trying to make peace with the past and seeing if peace can be made with a relative - a peace that is unlikely to happen, but is worth trying for.
Welcome to Burreela, New South Wales. Population: more animals than humans. Although most (human) occupants are trying to get out of Burreela, the tiny town is the perfect place for veterinarian Michael Stone to break out of the bad habits that almost cost him the most meaningful part of his life: his profession.
Michael is struggling to regain his balance after hard personal losses and two years of promiscuity and drug abuse. He's not prepared to meet Ryan Mitchell, a nice guy who won't take no for an answer, whose patient pursuit leaves Michael less and less inclined to keep refusing. But Michael's bad habits aren't that far behind him. Can Michael hold himself together enough to be the man Ryan needs, or will he lose his equilibrium while trying to be man enough to hold on to the one he loves?