Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award.
Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no-one 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 strange, golden dream. A handful of children still sleep as well, but what they're dreaming remains a mystery.
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. One couple experience a lifetime in a week as he continues to sleep, she begins to disintegrate before him, and the new world swallows the old one whole...NOD.
©2013 Adrian Barnes (P)2014 Audible Studios
I saw this at Barnes and Noble and as someone who has insomnia, I was intrigued. I read the first chapter there, then decided to get it on Audible since I commute on Fridays and Mondays about 3 hours and would give me something to listen to.
I don't like the narrator's voice at all. It annoyed me. I also did not really like the story. I felt like there could have been so much more done with this book. I stopped at Chapter 8. There was still almost 4 hours left of the book and I don't think I'll be finishing it. The other reviews praised this book, but I found it boring.
I did not like it at all.
I just wish it had been better. I love stories of this genre and this was definitely not worth it for me.
"A strange and fascinating end to it all"
This is a story told from the viewpoint of a man who can sleep when the rest of humanity has lost the ability. It starts gently with his girlfriend complaining about a restless night but then becomes completely gripping with the realisation that something terrible is going on in the world. I was awestruck by the description of how quickly society would disintegrate if such an event happened. This is a tale of madness and chaos and the descent is totally credible.
The main character is the perfect commentator. He is a misanthrope who claims to dislike people and yet his compassionate description of his girlfriend's horrible disintegration is very moving. On top of that, he is an expert on words and their often mysterious origins, and his musings on what is going on gives an almost poetic feel to this tale.
The narrator is fantastic. I loved his reading of a Canadian pretending to have an English accent.
I haven't found any other books by this author so am assuming this is first published novel. I hope he is very quickly inspired to publish another one.
"Odd but interesting."
Vancouver is a big character in this book, and words and their meanings, past and present usage are utilised and played with to deepen the book, it is better than most books of this kind, and has a raw edge that makes it though but more real in its feelings. The main character is a realist and in an unreal world. I only wish the writer had expanded the story a bit more.
"I stayed in the car till the end of the chapter"
little hands clapping
I was riveted
so exciting and worderfully worded, the best book for me this year
A strange little read, neither good nor bad just strange. Of note, the characters. For a more humorous post apocalypse story try Jam by Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw.
Found this novelette in a hunt for something different and it was a really enjoyable story. The first couple of minutes were a bit off putting but then it picked me up and just flowed really well. Recommend to anyone who enjoys a slightly alternate-reality, mildly horrific tale.
"Great story, perfectly read."
This exceeded my expectations. Such an interesting story and idea. Well performed too, I just wanted to keep listening.
I particularly liked the ending and strangely it made me very grateful to come back to the world and find it as I left it.
It was a real pleasure and I look forward to further work from this author.
The poignancy of loosing Tanya throughout the book.
Also the end sequence made me gasp then cry!
no, but he did a great job on this one.. pitch perfect... and i think he brought out unexpected humour and made the subtle poetic moments more resonant with his reading.
brave and vivid writing perfectly delivered by a strong narrator-a great overall experience, highly recommended.
NOD starts out intelligently with meta levels to the story and characters. Unfortunately, it takes a turn down the Alley of Cliches. It ends up like just another "zombie" apocalypse - but with sleep-deprived people taking on the roles as bad guys. Adrian Barnes borrows a little of the crassness of Chuck Paluhniak here and there, but it never gets really dangerous...
The performance of the novel didn't help much. Most of the time it sounded like a computer reading text aloud, lacking emotion and conviction. Punctuation and pauses CAN be very effective, but not in this performance.
I gave this a go but just couldn't get into it. Didn't seem to get going
"Unusual take on the Apocalypse"
Well written, absorbing and completely bonkers! I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the writing and the narration through a very strange journey that Is never explained and has no tidy conclusion. That's fine by me to some degree, it leaves the reader more to ponder over. Although I did listen to the final two chapters three times to make sure I hadn't missed something.
A novel take on the apocalyptic tale and I thought a good listen although if honest it petered out a bit quickly for me and I would have liked a bit more story to round it off more satisfactorily.
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