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Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no one in the world has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand, can still sleep, and they’ve all shared the same golden dream.
After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks, the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead.
Paul, a writer, continues to sleep while his partner Tanya disintegrates before his eyes, and the new world swallows the old one whole.
I was attracted by the pretty cover and the title first while browsing in Waterstones. After reading the blurb, I knew it was going to end up on my to read list. It sounded seriously good and the cover made me feel it was going to be different somehow.
Overall, I liked the writing. At first, I found it a little flowery, but I came to enjoy it because this was the character’s personality shining through rather than bad writing, (it’s in first person).
The plot is more the background, a setting, for an introspection over human nature. I liked the plot, but it isn’t the most important thing. Personally, I would have liked more plot, but this is a me thing rather than a negative against the book. I enjoyed the journey even if parts were weird as heck!
The main character is Paul, who’s eyes we view the events from. I liked him. He was stark and looked at the world in a honest, (and scary), way. The characters around him are interesting too, but, like the plot, they’re a sounding board for a deeper look at things. I felt just as I got to know them and become invested in the story, it was over. We never get past the first date with them.
It’s not a plot driven story. It’s not a character drive story. It’s…something else. It reminds a little of I am legend by Richard Matheson.
I enjoyed the journey, but some parts were crazy weird and had me reading on in bemusement. I’d have liked more resolution, but I don’t think that’s the story this novel is trying to tell.
It was something different and worth the read just for that.
Was it worth the read? Yes
Would I re-read? No
Would I read this author again? Yes
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