The Suicide Collectors [NOOK Book]

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The Despair has plagued the earth for five years. Most of the world’s population has inexplicably died by its own hand, and the few survivors struggle to remain alive. A mysterious, shadowy group called the Collectors has emerged, inevitably appearing to remove the bodies of the dead. But in the crumbling state of Florida, a man named Norman takes an unprecedented stand against the Collectors, propelling him on a journey across North America. It’s rumored a scientist in Seattle is working on a cure for the ...

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Overview

The Despair has plagued the earth for five years. Most of the world’s population has inexplicably died by its own hand, and the few survivors struggle to remain alive. A mysterious, shadowy group called the Collectors has emerged, inevitably appearing to remove the bodies of the dead. But in the crumbling state of Florida, a man named Norman takes an unprecedented stand against the Collectors, propelling him on a journey across North America. It’s rumored a scientist in Seattle is working on a cure for the Despair, but in a world ruled by death, it won’t be easy to get there.

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Editorial Reviews

Rachel Hartigan Shea
While The Suicide Collectors has the flippant dialogue and nonstop thrills of an action movie, Oppegaard addresses the emotional costs of suicide seriously. "Once someone you loved killed himself," he writes, "a new, dark trail of thought had been cut for you to follow…Suicide survivors could, if they weren't careful, swiftly find themselves at the end of that freshly blazed trail, standing with one foot in life and one in death." Suicide is catching. As always with the best science fiction, The Suicide Collectors takes a real-world phenomenon to its logical conclusion.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly

Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaard's astonishing debut, an SF thriller with some eerie similarities to M. Night Shyamalan'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, they're 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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"Eloquent prose and haunting characters lift Oppegaard's astonishing debut..."

-Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"Just when it seems that there are no new plots left to write about, David Oppegaard has come up with a doozy. His “The Suicide Collectors” takes us to a startling theme we haven’t encountered before, with every page a thrilling new surprise."

-Stan Lee, writer, editor, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics

“David Oppegaard’s THE SUICIDE COLLECTORS is a wonderfully creepy debut novel filled with unnerving twists and turns! Unsettling, bleak and dangerous.”

--Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of PATIENT ZERO

"Oppegaard's big bad is an abstraction, but it engenders very concrete terrors. I was reminded of Junji Ito's Uzumaki, which in my book is as good as it gets. "

- Mike Carey, author of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, and bestselling and award-winning author of Vertigo Comics's LUCIFER and HELLBLAZER

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429982757
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 444,827
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

David Oppegaard

David Oppegaard was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from St. Olaf College and an M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University. This is his first novel.

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  • Posted December 24, 2013

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    While overall I think this book was okay.   I found that the dia

    While overall I think this book was okay.   I found that the dialog was at most awkward at times.  
    Some of the characters were not at all believable, and the ending fell flat.  
    This is not a book that I would read again, and not sure if I would pick up something else from this author, unless is was free.  
    Most books I can sit and read in one sitting, yet this I found difficult to get through and it was only 200 some pages.
    I understand this is fiction but it was so far fetched at times I just could not follow the plot, especially near the ending.

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    Posted January 5, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

    Sci-fi Drama

    "Interesting characters that you care about, out of the ordinary story. Quick read, had trouble breaking away and doing other things. Highly recommend."

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  • Posted March 21, 2009

    GREAT THRILLING END OF THE WORLD TALE

    This is afine read with the suspense of a mysterious suicide plague and the few strong survivors who fight instead of giving in to the pull of the strange despondency. A lone survivor with a feisty little girl travel cross county to solve the plague. Very enjoyable characters and a good read

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    One Of The Best Books Of The Year

    This book takes the premise that millions of people will get a unheard of disease and kill themselves. Sounds far fetched, doesn't it? Boy is it ever and what's more this author delievers one of the best stories of the year. When his wife finally kills herself the protagonist takes off on a cross country trip with the other surviving member of their town. This is a tale of self discovery with many quirky characters along the way. I strongly suggest this book to anyone who wants to read a book the likes of which they have never read before.

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    This is how I like my post-apocalyptic books: one man trying to make his way in a new world.

    Norman lives in Florida. He has only one neighbor left. The Despair has almost wiped out humanity. Rational people, happy people, commit suicide. Not necessarily in a flashy "Goodbye cruel world" fashion, but it happens just the same. Once a person has died, the Collectors remove the body. No one knows why or where. Norman is the first and only man to defy the Collectors when they come for his wife. This begins his long journey with Pops, the neighbor, toward Seattle where, rumor has it, a doctor is working on a cure for the Despair. A fabulous first novel with its only downfall being a lack of explanation at the end.

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  • Posted January 11, 2009

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    This well written haunting science fiction tale will grip the audience from the onset

    No one surviving understands much about the Despair plague, but in the five years since it first surfaced or at least was identified the pandemic destruction of the globe has left fewer than 10% of the population alive. Incredibly, in this relatively short time so many have committed suicide. Those left behind struggles with grief, survival guilt and despair over the future.<BR/><BR/>In Florida, Norman comes home to find his beloved wife dead, a victim of an overdose. When three Collectors arrive to take away the corpse, Norman refuses their entry. Instead he and his neighbor Pops fire at them; blowing away one of them. The remaining two leave with the corpse of their comrade while Norman and Pop discuss how the Collectors know when to come for a dead person like they did within a few hours for Norman¿s wife. They also realize they cannot remain here as more Collectors will come so they discuss where to go before these ghoulish scavengers come back for them. They decide to cross the country to Seattle where rumors that a research scientist has found a cure to Despair. In Kansas, courageous but frightened eleven year old Zero joins the traveling Floridians, who have met death everywhere on their trek.<BR/><BR/>This well written haunting science fiction tale will grip the audience from the onset when Norman finds his wife dead in their bed and never slows down as he and Pops travel as bleak a landscape in recent memory. The story line is fast-paced but gloomy as Despair is the shroud that hovers across America. As in the Zager and Evans 1969 song In The Year 2525 states: ¿¿ For what he never knew now man's reign is through; but through the eternal night the twinkling of starlight¿, a dash of hope mostly through the intrepid Zero who brings a reason to live to the adult Floridians.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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