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For fans of the oral history genre phenomenon World War Z, a worldwide plague of insomnia creates a devastating new apocalypse.

Remember what it's like to last an entire night without sleep? That dull but constant headache. The feeling of your brain on edge. How easily irritated you were. How difficult it was to concentrate, even on seemingly menial tasks. It was just a single restless night, but everything felt just a little bit harder to do, and the only real comfort was knowing your head would finally hit the pillow at the end of the day, and when you awoke the next morning everything would return to normal.

But what if sleep didn't come the next night? Or the night after? What might happen if you, your friends and family, your coworkers, the strangers you pass on the street, all slowly began to realize that rest might not ever come again?

How slowly might the world fall apart? How long would it take for a society without sleep to descend into chaos?

Sleep Over is collection of waking nightmares, a scrapbook of the haunting and poignant stories from those trapped in a world where the pillars of society are crumbling, and madness is slowly descending on a planet without rest.

Online vigilantism turns social media into a deadly gamble.

A freelance journalist grapples with the ethics of turning in footage of mass suicide.

A kidnapped hypnotist is held hostage by those at wit's end for a cure.

In Sleep Over, these stories are just the beginning. Before the Longest Day, the world record was eleven days without sleep. It turns out most of us can go much longer.

Full cast of narrators includes Neil Shah, Susan Ericksen, Prentice Onayemi, Andrea Emmes, and Braden Wright.

©2017 H. G. Bells (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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DNF!

Just a warning, I DID NOT FINISH THIS BOOK. However, I did get pretty far (about 1/3) and so I think I can make a pretty good guess on how this book will turn out. I'm bored. I do like the idea of the "Oral History..." like World War Z and my personal favorite oral history, Fantasticland, by Mike Bockoven (About the aftermath of a hurricane and the skeleton crew left inside an amusement park).

I do love the concept of this book: lack of sleep kills. It's not a tired idea, but it is something that we don't think about that is part of our daily life. So, while I won't say it's something new or revolutionary, I will say it's definitely got its uniqueness about it. The voice acting was great and I will say that SOME of the stories were very interesting, but, for the most part, the execution was horrendous. There is a teeny, tiny, minute chance that I will finish this book, but it's highly unlikely. I'm just too bored.

So, based on the storyline, this book gets a D- from me, but that's only because I don't feel right about giving it an F without finishing the entire thing. Voice acting/ narration was a B+. So, get this book if you think you can put up with some super boring stories peppered in with some really interesting ones.

**Only read the following if you want to read my rant about people thinking Arizonans are hicks:

As an added note, let me say something that has NOTHING to do with the book or the narration (for the most part). You can see that I gave the narration a very good score. There was one man in particular who was supposed to be from Phoenix, Arizona. It was a very short part and didn't affect too much. I just HAVE to say this: ARIZONA IS NOT TEXAS, ARKANSAS, or any other state from Texas going east. This guy put on the biggest East Texas (I've lived there, so I know what it sounds like), or Arkansas accent I've ever heard. Yes, in Phoenix, there are some people who have a bit of an accent. Usually they're implants from other states, but there are areas in very small towns that have, what you may call a hick accent. If you live in Phoenix, though, you WILL NOT have an accent. I'm sick of people thinking it's the wild west over here. Did you know we, in Phoenix, fight yearly with PHILADELPHIA to be the fifth and sixth largest city in the United States? We aren't some crazy hick state! We just have small hick areas, but we are not in the South (as in Georgia, South Carolina, etc. or wild west. Think of Arizona like a mixture of California (obviously with no beaches), Colorado, and maybe Utah, with a little bit of New Mexico mixed in there to account for the high Hispanic population. None of those states are hick states, are they?

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  • HughesyMK
  • 03-17-18

Complete non-event

It’s a shame that the numerous characters in the book didn’t come across this dross - it’d have sent them to sleep within five minutes!
Good, initial idea but the story is told in the worst possible way with only about two chapters in the entire book vaguely interesting (one of those near the end of the book).
Please, save your money and keep your sanity by moving on - trust me.