25 November, 2015

Nod : a novel by Adrian Barnes

An apocalyptic novel with a difference. The end of the world is not the result of an environmental disaster, climate change, or a cataclysmic consequence of some crazed individual or government's greed or lust for power. Rather, it is the result of mass insomnia affecting the vast majority of the world's population.

Paul, an etymologist, is one of the world's few 'sleepers', and is our narrator as the world descends into mass psychosis. Sleep deprivation causes delusions and strange, murderous behavior as societal rules and accepted behavior rapidly fall away.

Those that cannot sleep believe that there is a reason behind this wakefulness, a truth that will be revealed to bring about an ultimate understanding. Paul becomes an unlikely prophet after his manuscript on etymology is taken to be a guide book for the new reality of a sleepless world by some of the city’s, by now, psychotic inhabitants.

This is an intelligent and exceptionally well written book where the journey into chaos is the story, rather than the inevitable end.

Title: Nod
Author: Adrian Barnes

Reviewed by Lynda T, East Coast Bays.

Lynda T reads anything that grabs her interest, but is particularly interested in science fiction and young adult novels.

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