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Posted March 25, 2014
Big story packed into a small novella
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Atavist Books and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
This was an enjoyable novella. This novella has an interesting and unique premise. The loved the writing. This is the first time that I have read any of Karen Russell's work and I was quite impressed. It is really quite amazing that so much story fit into this short novella. The author created wonderful characters to tell her story and a whole culture regarding an insomnia plague.
Trish works for the Slumber Corps. The organization that collects donations of sleep that will be passed along to save people dying due to insomnia. Trish lost her sister Dori to the epidemic and uses her story to help enlist donors. Trish is excellent at her job and is the person responsible for finding "Baby A". Baby A is the only known universal donor and her father is quite protective. The Slumber Corps must also deal with the problem caused by "Donor Y" which is now plaguing sleep donation. Trish starts to question everything Slumber Corps stands for by the end of the book.
I loved the world created within this novella. This was such an interesting concept. A plague of insomnia that can be cured by a donation of sleep. It was unique and very well done. I did feel that the end was a bit abrupt and would have liked to know just a bit more.
I would recommend this novella for anyone looking for a unique story to fill an evening. The story is about 110 pages so it can easily be read in one sitting. I plan to read other works by Karen Russell. I also plan to keep my eyes open for future works published by Atavist Books since this is the first work from a brand new publisher.
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Posted June 20, 2014
This was a very interesting story. No action, no gore, no ethical and moral conflicts, none of the things that normally make me unable to unplug and audiobook were present here. Sleep donation is a story that made me work to understand exactly what had happened and where it was going.
This is an aloof account of Trish a Sleep Corp Recruiter. Who's job it is to seek out and secure dream donations that can be given to those suffering from the insomnia epidemic. Allowing them to live just a bit longer until it is time for another donation.
I really wanted to feel invested in the story. I really wanted to connect to some of the characters. I just couldn't get there.
If you are looking for a unique and quick read / listen. You don't care if you like it or hate it, as I am sure most will feel one way or the other. Have a sense of adventure. You should check Sleep Donation out.
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Posted May 9, 2014
I got the overall idea, but I had a hard time staying motivated to finish. I unfortunately have no words to describe exactly why I couldn't get uber-excited for this story. It was too... something... too stream of conscious, too out there, too ??????. Whatever the specific term I'm looking for, I don't know if I'd put this on my list of recommended reads. I ordered Swamplandia at the same time and am a bit nervous about starting that one as I fear it will be similarly written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2014
I thought this was an interesting satire of the current medical establishment. The premise, sleep donation to combat an insomnia
epidemic, was clever. It was a quick read, great for commuting. It did not live up to the hype of the NPR review. The ending seemed
contrived, as though she reached the word limit and had to figure out how to end it quickly.
Posted April 21, 2014
I actually suffer from insomnia so when I heard about this book on NPR I had to buy it. It's a very good read. A novella, but with in depth characters and a simple but very believable premise which sets it up for a great story.
This is my 1st Karen Russell book. I'm looking forward to seeing what else she has to offer.
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Posted March 31, 2014
Posted March 26, 2014
Purchased this book after my brother heard the author on the radio. Too bad it only opens on page two, which is blank. Restarted my NOOK, no help.
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Posted April 21, 2014
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