Waiting on Wednesday 06/15/16
“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that lets us feature upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!
Sleep Over: An Oral History of the Apocalypse by H.G. Bleackley (January 3, 2017 by Talos)
I confess, I am a sucker for “oral histories” and other epistolary style novels, and so when I saw this one I was immediately intrigued. The release date is still a ways away so it’ll be a long time before I can sate my curiosity, but I can be patient…or not.
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.”