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Title:
Black moon : a novel
Author:
Calhoun, Kenneth, author.
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Publication Information:
Holland, OH : Dreamscape Media, [2014]

â„—2014
Physical Description:
8 audio discs (approximately 546 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, succumbed before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her. He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness.
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Compact discs.

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Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781629235783
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Audiobook on CD

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Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, succumbed before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her. He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.


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Booklist Review

When a deadly insomnia epidemic descends upon the earth, populations become overwhelmingly afflicted, and infrastructures shut down. Gangs of the sleepless roam the streets, confused and disoriented, seeking sleep aids and attacking anyone still capable of nodding off. As the number of zombie-like sufferers increases, mere survival becomes imperative for sleepers and sleepless alike. Chase and Jordan try to secure their future by raiding a drug store for sleeping pills. Lila, still a sleeper, is sent away by her dangerously sleepless parents. Biggs, also a sleeper, feigns sleeplessness to wander the streets looking for his missing, sleepless wife. Felicia goes into hiding with doctors seeking a cure at the university sleep center. As each seeks a means of coping in this apocalyptic world, their paths cross in surprising and unpredictable ways. In his first novel, Calhoun paints an all-too-believable landscape, where dreams are a commodity, and immunity is as dangerous as the disease. His dark tale is allegorical and relevant in today's zombie-infatuated zeitgeist. This clever twist on the dystopian formula is a standout.--Ophoff, Cortney Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Even amid a glut of apocalyptic novels that imagine everything from nuclear meltdown to zombies, Calhoun's debut presents one of the most terrifying disaster scenarios of all time, perhaps because it's somehow plausible: a worldwide insomnia epidemic turns people into the real living dead, making them prone to hallucinations and fits of anger. In the wreckage of America, where life and dreams are indistinguishable, several characters struggle to find each other while battling insanity and the encroaching nightmare. A onetime ad exec named Biggs, one of the last people still capable of sleep, searches for his wife Carolyn in the pandemonium. Another sleeper, Lila Ferrell, is among the first to see the epidemic coming thanks to her therapist father's research; after her parents succumb to wakeful fever and threaten her life, she takes to the streets wearing an owl mask. Eventually, she meets Felicia, a lab assistant at a sleep research center determined to reverse the epidemic. Finally, there's Felicia's scofflaw lover, Chase, who attempts to take advantage of the situation by stockpiling sleeping pills, only to wind up embroiled in a surreal adventure involving a truck of stolen sheep. The characters and their intersecting narratives are largely a showcase for the author's almost unspeakably dark vision of a restless world. Calhoun's depiction of the collapse of language, reason, and love in a world without sleep is unflinching, and-scariest of all-it feels brilliantly contemporary. Agent: Claudia Ballard, WME Entertainment. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

In the midst of an epidemic of terminal insomnia of unknown origin, sufferers become confused and incoherent, turning on the few remaining noninsomniacs with murderous blind fury, even when catching their own loved ones in the act of sleeping. Debut novelist Calhoun, whose work has appeared in the Paris Review, Tin House, and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011, follows several characters through multiple story threads as they try to survive in this brave new world. Biggs is on a quest to find his wide-awake wife, who disappeared from their apartment, and in the process of seeking out her childhood home discovers uncomfortable truths about their relationship. Felicia is barricaded inside the sleep lab where she works as alert scientists rush to find a cure before they lose their wits; meanwhile, her besotted ex-boyfriend Chase falls in with an old friend who has been stealing and stockpiling sleeping pills from a local pharmacy since before the widespread disease took hold. VERDICT Calhoun's literary dystopia, which features beautiful writing, arresting imagery, and powerful metaphors, will appeal to fans of Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles. It is not sf as much as a deeply lyrical exploration of humanity at the extremes. [See Prepub Alert, 9/23/13.]-Lauren Gilbert, Sachem P.L., Holbrook, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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