You open your eyes for what you know is not the first time and you remember nothing. You find out that a catastrophic event known as the Kollaps has destroyed life as we know it. Someone claiming to be your friend tells you that you’re needed. Something crucial has been stolen - but under no circumstances can you know what or why. You’ve got to get it back or something bad is going to happen. And you’ve got to get it back fast, so they can freeze you again before your own time runs out. Paralyzed from the waist down, you’re being carried around on the backs of two men who don’t seem anything like you at all. Who inject you regularly and tell you it’s for your own good…to stop the disease, or else they must cut directly into your spine. Welcome to the life of Josef Horkai….
Critically acclaimed and O. Henry prize-winning author Brian Evenson turns his literary eye to a post-apocalyptic earth in this dazzling science fiction novel.
©2012 Brian Evenson (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd.
Ar first I took this book to be another post-apocalyptic yarn and that I preferred 'The Road'. Then there evolved a philosophic perspective, religion, free will, morality and then some twists and turns took the book in a new direction. I found myself caring for characters that shouldn't warrant too much attention. The Qs were so innocent. This novel is an interesting scifi or is it horror scifi?
Author of Bourbon & Blood
A fascinating post apocalyptic journey for human survival. Josef Horkai is brought back to consciousness and finds he is unable to walk. Stuck in a foreign environment with strangers with an odd culture doesn't recognize he is immediately sent on a mission to recover an artifact from the wasteland. Twists and turns kept coming as the plot unraveled at a fast pace. Crisp dialogue, short sharp descriptions of a world long dead keeps the plot moving. Readers looking for something different and scary will love this gripping sci-fi thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed Immobility and I look forward to more novels by this author.
This is a terrific post-apocalyptic tale that can be summed up as 12 Monkeys meets The Road. An amnesiac superhuman survivor is used by the survivors of a nuclear war to obtain something stolen from them -- lots of Kafkaesque type scenes with multiple existential tangents -- with a great twist at the end. Perfect for that 8 hour car ride.
Small details elevate this simple but cyclical story with meaning beyond the narrative. Not satisfied with mere allegory, those small details function to expand the mundane series of movements into a work of speculative fiction that is anything but escapist. Life carries on, but it has changed and is changing. In the middle of this gradually revealed tableau is human nature, and The State and Nature... but that might be my reading 'beyond there narrative.'
Readers looking for a post apocalyptic adventure might not enjoy the narrow path the story follows, but I found it harrowing and compelling to the end. That ending is not a surprise, per se, but it hit hard and felt honest.
The writing is tight and sparse, but muscular, and... relative newby that I am to Audible.... this was the first narrator that I would seek out his other work.
Wish it was longer for story details, but at the same time it stands well on its own. Going to test out more of the writers work.
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