Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself.One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a mans shadow disappearsan occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Maxs shadow disappears too.Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he fol...
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The Book of M Reviews
For me it was The Book of Meh.
On paper (pun intended) this should have been the perfect book for me. When I read the description I thought, "Have I just stumbled upon another post-apocalyptic favorite? Could this be a book to squeeze onto the shelf with The Road, Oryx and Crake, The Stand, Birdbox, and World War Z?" Sadly the answer is a resounding no. For several reasons.
1) When the writing was good, it was pretty good. Often however it was choppy and awkward. I don't recall another book that ...more
Just like Peter Pan, the people in Peng Shepherd’s novel, The Book of M, are having trouble with their shadows. For reasons that never become known, shadows are disappearing, sometimes from an individual, sometimes whole cities at once. Told by four linked characters, with a multitude of diverse experiences threaded through their stories, this book follows their course through a world fundamentally changed by destructive magic.
If you’d asked me any time during the first half of this book what t ...more
I am ecstatic that I read this book. At the same time, I am devastated that it ended. A book that was dystopian, post-apocalyptic, a romance and even literary at that. I really can't place it anywhere but it is post-apocalyptic for sure.
The M in the book title could very well stand for Memory as the book is about that and its loss. The world is now the one in which people's shadows start to disappear, without any reason. The only problem is that their shadow is linked to memory, which means tha ...more
What Shepherd has done with this book is unlike ANYTHING I have ever read– dystopia, science fiction, magical realism, a mystery, a love story, a beautiful weaving together of so many characters you just can’t help but root for, all while you’re just as confused as they are about why they’re losing their shadows– and subsequently, their memories and everything that make them human.
I took a while with this book, longer than most audiobooks– but looking back, I think it’s because there was truly ...more
Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian!
This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put this down for a second. The premise for the book I think is genius; one day in the near future a man's shadow suddenly disappears in the middle of a market in India. It's initially treated as a holy event but after a few ...more
... it seems in an alternate universe post-apocalyptic world: science-fiction is a literary challenge to bring the noted common 'mundane' writing 'quality' to readers of such junk fiction, who are, often proudly, not very convinced they are missing something. such as: characters in rounded, familiar dimensions, plots not almost entirely familiar to a genre reader but close, language always admirable in efficient communication but rarely offering much else, ideas and discovery and fantastic and i ...more
Shepherd has crafted a gripping, multi-faceted debut here, a dystopic future novel that goes well past the expectations of the genre. I admired the textual experimentation of this measured book, as various symbols, fonts, and perspectives try to get across the lives of the characters, who mix emotional heft with sudden, rapid action. The leads, Ory and Max, are wonderfully drawn and make for an excellent emotional core.
In this world, if someone's shadow disappears, they will soon be consigned to ...more
The Book of M was a surprising read for me, I had no idea what to expect. It's an adult dystopian that reminds me of The Passage. In this book, there is some process by which people start to lose their memories of everything after they lose their shadows and this leads to death and destruction and the falling apart of society globe wide. At the center of this is a love story between two ordinary people-- Max and Ory. Max has left Ory because she has lost her shadow and she doesn't want to destro ...more