A lot of novels and movies are about the end of the world. Usually, in movies, the hero steps up to the challenge and saves us all from our impending doom. But what if nobody came to the rescue? What if nobody knows how to rescue humankind? What if what brings the human race to an end is one of the things we take for granted?
Sleep..for some people, me included, seven-eight hours a night are mandatory to function properly the next day. Other people only need a few hours a night. No matter how many hours a night you need, the important thing is that you NEED it. Reading this book, I began to think just how noncoherent I got in college when I would lose sleep for a couple of nights. My thoughts were blurry, my movements were slower, and I was really pissy about everything.
“Sleep Over” by H.G. Bells explores precisely this. What would become of the world if every living human suddenly could not sleep? What would become of our infrastructure? Could we still function in a relatively structured society or would we turn to rage and despair when our leaders could not save us?
The book consists of personal testimonials of different characters from different backgrounds and parts of the world, which gives it an eerily personal feel. You inevitably put yourself in the character’s shoes and think about how you would have acted in the situation.
The story follows the world as it breaks into pieces and you see great nations falling one by one, old Gods resurrected, New Gods appearing, religion losing its hold on people as days of sleeplessness pass, people working with each other for the better of the many and people turning against each other in despair.
The Reading Badger’s recommendation regarding this book is that it is a must-read for Sci-fi fans. It is well structured, although a bit descriptive in some points which make the action stalled a bit.
Thank you H.G. Bells for a very good read and a scary look into the human mind and the end of the world.