WW 1 is the new "IT" time period--this is the third fictional work I've read this year set during WW 1 and sadly the one I've enjoyed the least.
Wake deals with the aftermath of the war and explores how a whole generation was cheated. These characters are not very likable and are certainly bitter or damaged by what happened during the war. Everyone in this novel is damaged in one way or another, whether they went to war or not. This quote sums it up:
"War wins." He says. "And it keeps on winning over and over again"..."War wins." He says bitterly, "And anyone who thinks anything different is a fool."