Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Nod - Adrian Barnes

Adrian Barnes
Titan Books, Sep 1 2015, $14.95
ISBN: 9781783298228

As done every night, people around the world go to bed; but as the sun arises throughout the globe, less than 1% of humanity fell asleep.  In Vancouver John the writer is one of the chosen few able to snooze and appreciate the shared dream of those who can; on the other hand his girlfriend Tanya has failed to sleep in about a week.  Nothing helps her as he watches in horror at her mental decimation, increase anxiety and panic, and her body begins shutting down.  John feels hopeless as he thinks of the land of Nod where Cain the exiled once dwelt.

Civilization collapses as days become weeks and the countdown to death has commenced for the Awakened throughout the earth; while our former pets dog hunt humans.  Into the third week of mass sleep deprivation, the raging Awakened increase their stalking and killing the Sleepers.  Trapped in his sixth floor apartment, John knows this personally as he wants to escape the human tragedy, but feels obligated to keep safe Tanya’s beloved Zoe.

Based on the science of sleep, Nod is a superb apocalyptic thriller in which society implodes as overwhelmingly most people no longer function due to the inability to even doze.  Told on a big picture scale and Paul’s personal saga in the land of Nod, Adrian Barnes provides a wonderful, somewhat graphic, but very unique and brisk horror novel that redefines the 1%.

Harriet Klausner

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