By Karen Thompson Walker
5 out of 5 stars
I know that I could bend the rules, since they are my rules , but I will say that this wonderful book deserves more than 5 out of 5 stars. If you are not sucked in from the get-go by the concept, I don’t know what to say.
Something is happening in the little California town of Santa Lora. It begins at the college when a young girl named Rebecca falls into a deep sleep. They cannot wake her up. She is not the last though. It starts spreading through the school and then citywide. People are dropping into a sleep state like flies. They call in doctors and as it grows, the hospital overflows, doctors and nurses become ill. They move out into the college gym, library. There are sleepers upon sleepers. They try to keep them hydrated to keep them alive. They all seem to be in a REM mode of sleep. What are they dreaming about? We learn with a few of the characters that we follow throughout the story. How will it all end? Will it end?
This book brings forth so many questions. I love how the author peppers us throughout the book with them in each chapter. It is like she is reporting to us and asking in her voice and the voice of the characters. I was so invested into seeing what became of them. I cried. I felt relief. I felt sadness and joy. I loved that the chapters were short and I think it brought a timeline and a realism to what you were reading. Each character viewed it differently. I loved that it made me think about life and dreams. Ironically, I could not sleep for a while after reading it.
I just really loved this book. It is one of the best books I have read this year so far (I know, we are not too far into January) and probably ever. It definitely lives up to all the hype and lists it is on.
Thanks to Netgalley and Random House for a copy of this fantastic book.