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We Are Oblivion Paperback – May 13, 2011
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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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Michael Sonbert is such a writer. "We Are Oblivion" is a collection words on pages arranged to his choosing.
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.
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.
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.