Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.
He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.
Whoa. What a creepy idea! The idea that sleep is eradicated from the world, and the insomniacs are insane. Yikes. I loved this book. This is a book that I’m definitely keeping on the shelf to re-read later. The story is just that good, I will have to revisit. The characters are all very realistic, and you really get into their heads, as you see the world (and sometimes the character) unravel from the insomnia epidemic. The plot is chilling, and once I got into the story, I couldn’t stop reading. There is a lot going on in the book, and it kind of bounces between characters. Each of them are so distinct, that it isn’t hard to follow though. I can totally imagine this happening, which made the book very, very good. Anyone who is into dystopian fiction NEEDS to read this. Now.
“The walls were lined with shelves, and she insulated their nest with volumes collected over the years. Their decor was the many colorful spines.”
“If you stay awake long enough, you have dreams whether you’re sleeping or not, hallucinations. It’s where we really live, and when we’re awake, we’re just coming up for air.”
“There are spaces between the events we see where things get past us. Magicians know this too, with their sleight of hand tricks. If you can find the rhythm of those spaces, the openings in time, you can hide whole worlds inside them.”