So the other day I decided to get onto Goodreads.com. If you’re up on there, send me a friend request!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I came to Huston from his Joe Pitt vampire noir series, which were amusing enough, not too serious, fun but not very deep. So I took a chance on Sleepless – and I have to say – I’m impressed.
The content seems vastly matured from his genre series. Sleepless is incredibly imaginative, evoking a parallel world USA in the middle of social collapse. It’s not post-apocalyptic – it’s apocalypse now. It’s so up-to-the second contemporary it’s as if, today, July 22d 2010 – the book was somehow written the day before I downloaded it to my iphone.
The pervading feel of helplessness, paranoia and social breakdown is both futuristic and incredibly current. It’s a huge rant dealing with the fears of pandemic, terrorism, and military crackdown. Characters react with OCD, PTSD, drugs, nihilism, and weirdly – addiction to video games. (Which, as a game developer myself I found to be right on target).
I found it a most convincing portrait of the western world ending with a whimper not a bang.