Title: Black Moon
Author: Kenneth Calhoun
Publish Date: March 4, 2014
Source: I received a copy from the publisher; however, this did not affect my review.
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Insomnia has claimed
everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to
the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before
disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still
sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.
He ventures out
into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets
others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his
buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store
lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl
mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the
sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and
perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around, sleep has
become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can
touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs
persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength
that he never knew he had."
My Two Cents:
Moon" is a speculative fiction story about a country that has been
overtaken by a plague where everyone who has the plague cannot sleep at
all. They fall into slurred speech and red eyes and can't get any
relief. They take out their inability to sleep on those that are able to
sleep by chasing them and trying to kill them. There is no remedy in
sight! It has been awhile since I've read some good speculative fiction
and this book definitely fit the bill.
This book is definitely a
little creepy, which is what I really like about speculative fiction. I
am lucky to sleep pretty well these days but I went through a phase of
insomnia in college and it was terrible. There is nothing more terrible
than really, really wanting to go to sleep and not being able to because
you just keep getting more and more worked up. And then when I should
be awake, I was extremely tired and dopey. I could see how not sleeping
at all could make you crazy. I liked that the issue in this book feels
like something that could happen if a whole bunch of people stopped
being able to sleep at all.
The book follows several characters
whose lives have been turned upside-down by this plague. The book seems
to focus mostly on those that still have the ability to sleep. It was so
interesting to see how each different person dealt with the plague's
effect. Human nature is truly at the center of this book.
I really liked the writing in the book. The book flows nicely. I did
wish that the book focused on fewer characters. It took awhile to figure
out where the story was going but it worked well to show how much the
world was being affected by this plague. I wish that there would have
been a little bit more of a tied together ending. All in all, this would
be a great book to make you think a little bit!