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Nod
by Adrian Barnes


Overview - 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781783298228
  • ISBN-10: 1783298227
  • Publisher: Titan Books (UK)
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Page Count: 256
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Science Fiction - General
Books > Fiction > Dystopian
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-10-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

Despite some memorable phrases along the way, Barnes' (A Grin Without a Cat) take on the end of life as we know it follows a predictable course. One morning, Paul, an etymologist living in Vancouver, awakes to find that he is one of the very few humans in the entire world who slept the previous night; the vast majority of mankind were suddenly and mysteriously unable to. Their ranks include his partner, Tanya, whose anxiety ratchets up after hearing on television that after six days of constant wakefulness, the brain stops functioning. Things only get worse when the International Microwave Communication Ban takes effect that renders cellphones and computers useless, in an effort to facilitate sleep by bringing "down the walls of static that permeated" people's lives. Food becomes a scarce commodity, and violence escalates as the city's denizens abandon civilized behavior in an attempt to survive. Some Vancouverites come to believe that Paul himself predicted the phenomenon through his latest book project, a history of "orphaned and deformed words." Ultimately, the story arc is too familiar to truly resonate. (Sept.)

 
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