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The Suicide Collectors: A Novel by [Oppegaard, David]
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Starred Review. Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaar's astonishing debut, an SF thriller with some eerie similarities to M. Night Shyamala's film about mass suicide, The Happening. In the near future, 90% of the world's population have killed themselves due to a plague called the Despair. The only people energized by the nightmare are the Collectors, who after each suicide appear like carrion birds to collect the corpse. Only one man resists the Collectors. When the wife of a 34-year-old Floridian named Norman takes a fatal overdose of sleeping pills, Norman loads his shotgun and waits patiently before blowing the head off a Collector who arrives to claim the body. Norman and his neighbor, Franklin Pops Conway, head for Seattle after learning a doctor there may have found a cure for the Despair. In Kansas, theyre joined by Zero, an 11-year-old girl whose bravery encourages Norman in his quest. While the story may be too bleak for many readers, the ending holds out some hope. (Dec.)
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Reviewers were intrigued by the setup of Oppegaard's story and reasonably satisfied with the conclusion. The device of the Despair, they wrote, allows the author to use the best element of the postapocalyptic genre while keeping the story fresh. Critics were also clearly affected by the images that populate Oppegaard's sorrowful world: not just the grim gallery of ways people kill themselves but the many strategies they develop to deal with the aftermath. While no reviewer was completely happy with the plot's subsequent development, they still recommended the book and hoped to see more from Oppegaard soon.
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  • File Size: 1246 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (December 9, 2008)
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2008
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JMFAU6
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