Old Year's Day Paperback – June 4, 2017
"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
For the first time in paperback, from Dean Koontz, the master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him. | Learn more
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- Paperback : 296 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1521408033
- ISBN-13 : 978-1521408032
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.74 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Independently published (June 4, 2017)
- Item Weight : 1.13 pounds
- Language: : English
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- #39,729 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Books)
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Listening to his memories “hangs heavily” on Dowling. He is constantly reminded the duality between what he looks on the outside and what he is. “I look tall and strong… but I’m as tough as tissue paper.” What makes life even more difficult for him is Wilson gradually reducing his drugs, in preparation of an escape. “She has to do it slowly or I’ll go right over the edge of insanity.” Weaning him off drugs induces dreams, new realities that test his perception of time. Finally she tells him that “We are going to break out of here on the morning of Old Year’s Day.”
I love the realization that “We may never succeed in our quest… but we can hope and we can try.”
Highly recommended. Five stars.
I found myself wondering if memory is actually a product of time, or whether in some way, time is a function of memory. Is this bleak, dystopian world pictured in the book what we are headed towards, or what we have come from?
Or is this buried 'memory' actually what we call 'instinct', or 'racial memory', and is it a function of genetics? Fascinating book.
It is the year 2199 and it stays for the rest of time.
Dowling, a prisoner on planet Renod tries to suppress his inner voice, but realizes, that another person, Jones, lives in his consciousness.
I won't say more, so not to spoil your read. You have to get it and read it, but be aware, that you can't put it down.
The Corporation is the sole ruler of a strictly regimented, dystopic, consumer society “where it is forever 1984, or actually forever 2199.” Consumerism is the end-all and be-all. And to that end, The Corporation has decreed it is wasteful to have new years. They have days, weeks, and months, but the society repeats 2199 over and over again, each year celebrating “old year’s day.” Dowling, like the other prisoners, is treated to a steady diet of mind-altering drugs, until he would be rehabilitated and permitted to rejoin the society, where he can begin to pay back the bill for his rehabilitation services. He would then live the rest of his life in debt to The Corporation.
But, the Mind Nurse, Wilson, has other plans for Dowling. She is a member of the resistance, who believe that Dowling/Jones will lead them to salvation. So she secretly weans him off his mind altering drug, and effects an escape into the jungle with him and other prisoners.
What happens there, you will have to read on your own.
The question of what is the true reality and what is the reality we create for ourselves is the recurrent and powerful theme of this speculative novel. The author points out through Jones to his host body holder, Dowling “the mind is a good liar.” In a rambling, convoluted, wordy, and often preachy way, but with logic in it, Jones brings Dowling along from mindless sheep to free-thinking human. “You will find your own method of coping with this new kind of abnormality that has been forced on us by The Corporation.”
The book also seeks to ask what the proper role of religion and social structure might be in a just society. In the dystopic society pictured, democracy has not been able to survive the onslaught of religion and The Corporation. But in the new society the escaped prisoners must form in the real jungle—as opposed to the constructed jungle of the Corporate society—they must decide for themselves what parts of religion, democracy, and socialism they want. A final inquiry in the novel deals with the question of sentience, and the existence of sentient beings outside the human race.
All in all, a philosophical, highly imaginative, speculative book that will make readers question their fixed ideas.