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Darren eats his lunch alone. In class, he draws surreptitiously while the teacher is talking, creating a fantasy world he hopes to realize as a trilogy. Though he’s devised a system to keep his drawings unseen, Eric, another nerdy classmate, spies him at work one day, and they become co-creators of a project they call “TimeBlaze: An EVILution.”
But their relationship changes when Eric reveals a secret of his own. You see, Eric doesn’t sleep. Ever. While everyone else is recharging for the next day, Eric explores the neighborhood, reads, does his homework, and whips up elaborate lunches for school. Every so often, his insomnia catches up with him, and he spends a day hallucinating in the Arizona desert.
When word of Eric’s condition gets out, he and Darren are forced to go on the run from mysterious forces that want to “study” him. But what Eric never revealed is that his hallucinations become real, and now that his head is filled with Darren’s drawings and the world they’ve created, he fears a titanic showdown between the forces of good and evil. With the authentic voice of a teenager and a contemporary view from the bottom rung of the social ladder, Pierson’s debut novel (which is surely at least partly autobiographical) is destined to become a cult classic. Both hilarious and affecting, it’s a fast-paced novel filled with heart.