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We Are Oblivion Paperback – May 13, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


We Are Oblivion is a nihilistic, mind-blowing ride of emotions and violence that defies classification and demands attention. One great novel can be a fluke, two in a row demands attention.
--Glen Feulner "63 Channels"

We Are Oblivion does that special thing the best kind of books do-it teeters between gritty, fast-paced genre fiction and intelligent, character-driven literary fiction perfectly.
--Doc O'Donnell "Outside Writer's Collective"

We Are Oblivion will remind you of William Burroughs or Henry Miller with it's in your face honest brutality. It's not for the weak stomached or the faint of heart... it is one crazy ride.
--Bethany Foster "Book.of.the.Moment"

WAO is a psychological trip with historical overlay, sure to please those interested in a disturbed mind. The ending is sure to shock, leaving readers satisfied and yet still questioning.
Lauren Becker - "Shooting Stars Magazine"

If Mickey Spillane and William Burroughs had a crack-baby godfathered by Ken Kesey, it would be Michael Sonbert.
--Adam Gallari - author of "We Are Never as Beautiful as We Are Now."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Otherworld Publications LLC (May 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936593130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936593132
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,670,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael Sonbert is a writer, a musician, and an English teacher. He lives in Philadelphia. His first book, The Never Enders, was released in 2008. His latest book, We Are Oblivion, was released in May 2011.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Goutis on June 5, 2011
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I tried to read The Never Enders (Sonbert's first book) when it first came out. For some reason I couldn't get in to it. But I was really excited for this one. I can't even tell you why. Maybe it was because a lot of friends who's opinions I respect said it was good? Either way, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy.

So I ordered it the day it came out.

Started it shortly after.

And I started reading... And at first I thought this was going to be like his first book, and I wouldn't be able to get into it. At first it was a rough start (for me at least). But once Sonbert gets into the groove (or maybe it was once I got into Sonbert's groove), this book really starts going.

As you read this, you're constantly thinking something is off. Something just isn't right. There are all these clues. And you want to piece them together, but nothing makes sense. They just don't fit. And Sonbert keeps you guessing right up until the last few pages. The story was much more than I thought it would be.

As for the actual writing style - the prose is the reason I loved this book. For such a brutal, disgusting book - the prose is just beautiful and poetic. There were sentences that I just read a few times because they were perfect.

I can't recommend this book enough. I will be buying it for friends. I will be mailing copies out to my "internet friends." I will be spreading the word. Hopefully one day, Sonbert makes it big.

Also - I picked up my copy of The Never Enders after finishing this. I really do think I just wasn't in a good place when I tried to read it because I read a few pages and really enjoyed them. I will be restarting that one in the near future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Pettigrew on September 8, 2011
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Craziest book I've read this year, with Donald Ray Pollock's The Devil All The Time at a close second.

We Are Oblivion is definitely the book to read in 2011 -one of the best years in literature that I can remember with stacks of great new releases to offer -and nothing beats the sheer raw impact and mindjob of this particular release.

We Are Oblivion is the story of answers to questions that one asks when actually faced with the final moments of life.

It's the Nightmare edition of Jack Kerouac's On The Road meets Bradley Sand's Rico Slade meets Sonbert's first novel, The Never Enders.

But for every vile and shocking moment, there's a quiet and reflective one -revelations of beauty around a general curiosity about people, who they are and how they react when freed -be it through love or through death.

The ride is wild, yes, almost too wild, but it's also the one you're missing if you haven't taken part in the event that is this book. My first reaction after reading We Are Oblivion was a desire to read it again one day. A couple of months later, I'm left with that same feeling, seeing I remember the story and the characters as clearly as I remember this morning. This book will definitely leave you thinking, scratching your head, and maybe angry, but at the end of the day, you'll have experienced an emotional rollercoaster like no other.
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Michael Sonbert writes the best books. I've been a huge fan of his first one The Never Enders and he never fails to let you down with his writing. It's hard to keep my attention with books and his books always keep my attention and I can't put the books down. Great job Michael!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CoMO Consumer on February 7, 2012
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There's a saying that I find myself repeating often, "There's nothing new under the sun." When I come upon a particular storyline or take on something that seems particularly well tread, I try to remind myself that, "there's nothing new under the sun." and this particular iteration of that which has come before it may offer some uniquely redeeming feature that makes it worthwhile. This book treads tired territory in familiar ways, and feels like its reaching too hard for visceral reactions and winky "I recognize that" validation of the reader. The prose itself is very readable, it's not overly confusing or wordy, but the story that's underneath it will have you saying, "Really?" with a disappointed lilt when the book ends exactly how you feared it would when you started out.

I came to this book through Chuck Palahniuk's workshop website a few moths ago. If nothing else, it helped give me confidence that I may too find a publisher some day.
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