Sleep Donation: A Novella (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00HRGXNQS
- Publisher : Atavist Books (March 25, 2014)
- Publication date : March 25, 2014
- Language: : English
- File size : 909 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 110 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #776,078 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In the United States, there is a new illness that is attacking more and more people each day. People cannot sleep, but this is not simple insomnia. The new sufferers cannot sleep at all, anytime; they stay awake until they die of exhaustion. This is the premise of Sleep Donation, a short novel by Karen Russell. The novel tells us the new disease is only present in America although only the US is discussed. Three-quarters of the way through the book the disease finally attacks Asian and European countries. How did it get there? That is one of the mysteries in the story.
Two very rich and successful businessmen brothers (think Warren Buffet rich) altruistically abandon their businesses and form an organization that will help the afflicted. Their technology borrows sleep from those who can sleep and gives it to the needy. If the borrowed sleep is pure, the sufferers regenerate their own ability to sleep. The disease is cured for them. The problem is to find donors who can donate pure sleep. There is only one donor, in the US and the world, who has the purity necessary, Baby A. She is not even a year old when she becomes the sole donor of sleep pure enough to cure the ill. She can donate up to six hours sleep per day. Baby A’s mom is pleased to help; the baby’s father less so. A conflict throughout the story is the father’s unwillingness to allow the continued participation of his daughter in saving the world. Trish Edgewater, our hero, will waffle back and forth on the ethics of using the infant hero Baby A. She will be responsible for convincing the parents of the need for continuing donations by the sole pure donor until such time a clone serum can be developed from Baby A’s donations.
The only problem is that this novel made such a profound effect on me that I am going to have to take a break before starting something new. Anything after this book will be less fun.
I became captivated when she first tells the story of Dori and her death. "I remember studying those eyelashes pasted to her skin, at an angle of unrelieved attention. she blinked at me, her thinking slow as syrup, and I wished that she would not smile again, not ever again, not like that, because by that point every smile was an accident, a twitch driven by nothing that I recognized as human. ..."And I hated the sight of her facial muscles pumpkin-grinning on the pillow, her pale eyes twitching, and I hated watching her go speechless under the conglomerate weight of so much unrelenting looking and thinking and listening and feeling, her mind worn thin by the sound of every cough and the plinking moisture of every raindrop, these noises exploding like grenades through her naked awareness-her mind crushed, in the end, by an avalanche of waking moments.” I love the language. I loved her writing technique.
Although I wanted to know more about each individual person named in this story, I believe this is one of the ways Russell keeps the story in novella form by not adding additional backstories and conflicts. There there but you don’t see them, you only guess about them which also brings a great deal of mystery and suspense. With that being said, I still have to say that if I have any pet peeves with this story, it is the ending! I felt as though I was left to fend for myself for a resolution that fits. There were so many unanswered questions. so this works for one thing but not for the ending.
Top reviews from other countries
Pretentious? How about a 10 word chapter. Or two? Maybe three?
What is the point of the very poor illustrations? Or the "manual" at the end?
The icing on the cake is the worst sex scene I've ever read, amazing given that it clocks in at about 100 words.
Read a paper instead.
I liked the characters build up although they took my a while to visualize.
I was very disappointed with the ending, it left me feeling underwhelmed and like I'd wasted my time
I would still suggest that others read it though.