Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Print

Dates Read: 8/5/19-8/8/19

This book is super weird. It reminds me of The Municipalists and Supermarket in the writing style and overall oddity. I heard about this through Book of the Month (February 2019).

This one is hard to explain, so strap in, it will be a bumpy ride. There’s this dude, Charlie, who is really good at memorizing things. He gets picked to be the assistant to the most famous consul, Jack Logan. We are set in a time where humans hibernate for 8 weeks out of the year, and in order to save energy during those weeks, people take a drug called Morphenox that removes dreams. The catch? Taking the drug could make you a nightwalker, where you lose any touch of reality and instead walk around completely dazed. Charlie comes across a nightwalker while on official business with Logan. He subsequently loses the nightwalker to what he thinks is a farming scheme (where they impregnate female nightwalkers), and the leader of HiberTech comes across him. She tells Charlie to go to Sector 12, where there is a viral dream that has spread among people staying at the Sarah Siddons, a dormitory, on the ninth floor. When he finds himself inside the dream, he is trying to piece together what it could mean, and who he can trust to tell about it.

If you are confused, welcome to the club. There is A LOT to this story, so I don’t think I could really explain what happened if I tried. But take my word for it, it is incredibly intricate and crazy, but really good. I have never read anything by Fforde, nor will I probably read anything by him again (sorry), but I was surprised by how into it I was. The first time I tried to listen to this book, I wasn’t interested after about a half hour in. This time, I just said, screw it, let’s do it, and I got it done. It is slightly dark and confusing, but I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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