- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1St Edition edition (April 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765330962
- ISBN-13: 978-0765330963
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,383,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With Immobility, Evenson finally harnessed his formidable talent into a proper narrative with a beginning, middle and end (god bless genre fiction!). There are characters who have fully-developed personalities and motivations. The setting is an evocative post-apocalyptic Utah (not always clearly explained as such, but recognizable to those familiar with the places he describes). The story touches on elements of Mormon theology and history, but without seeming preachy about it or like he has an ax to grind. It's all in the service of the story. Josef Horkai, the man character, struggles like many of Evenson's characters -- to understand why he's doing what he does. The book is a little bleak, but there are moments of dry humor. I sort of knew this would not have a happy ending -- but it has an ending that makes sense and doesn't feel like a cop-out.
Excellent book, perhaps the best entry into Evenson's works.
The story of Josef Horki who wakes up disorientated in a world he doesn’t recognize. His memory is shot, but in better shape than his legs which are basically dead. He is told that in his former life that he was a fixer, and after 30 years in a deep sleep storage the survivors of the collapse have a mission for him. Travel across the wasteland and get a frozen vial of seeds. His Transportation are mules – that is what the twin humans engineered to be beasts of burden will carry him on the mission.
This is a strange and unsettling novel, that is so powerfully written it has a spooky feeling throughout. It is all done with a subtle tone, and no wasted words. Evenson is not so in love with his words and never overwrites, he writes with a tight control rarely since in genre work that is also considered “high lit.” It doesn’t remind me of any other book immediately but if pressed to make a comparison I would have to say a cross between Cormac McCarthy’s The Road with a little bit of a THX 1138.
More than just a story about the travels across the wasteland Evenson explores what it means to be human, and what effect humanity has had on the world. On personal note ¾ of the way through the book Evenson tips his hand a bit with a great exchange that of course I personally loved. A character talks about the possible death of humanity “Were a curse, a blight. First we gave everything a names and then invented hatred. And then we made the mistake of domesticating animals- almost as bit of a mistake as discovering fire.” Is this misanthropic point the bottom line of the novel. It is hard to argue after the powerful and disturbing ending that is anything else, but that could also just be this reader reacting to it.
Immobility is a powerful and thoughtful, highly recommended