Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book Review: "Sleep Donation" by Karen Russell

Sleep Donation Karen Russell
Published: March 25, 2014
ISBN: 9781937894283
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Recommended for fans of traditional Science Fiction

Summary: 

A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps' reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish’s faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by “Baby A,” the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious "Donor Y."

My Thoughts:
I don't read a lot of Science Fiction--I'm not much of a science person and I'm a critical enough reader that I feel I have to "examine" books as I read them.  So, I'm usually put into a world where I feel I should be looking deeper into an area about which I know little.

It is probably because of this that I'm filing this novella into the "It's not you, it's me" file.  I think that one needs to be able to suspend a certain amount of disbelief with this, and I wasn't really able to do that.  I think someone who is more comfortable with the genre may be more willing to do so.  For me, I could understand how one could die from "lethal" insomnia, but why couldn't a doctor simply put them under anesthesia?  And then how exactly does one "donate" sleep and how do they transfer that to someone who has insomnia?  And then comes Donor Y, who has a nightmare--which I guess is caused by a virus or something that is transmitted through the donations?  

I liked Russell's voice and the gist of the story is definitely unique.  However, I was just plagued with too many questions about everything.  I am going to recommend this book to some of my SciFi reading fans--and I think they would have more success that I did with this.

This book is only available in the Kindle format.

I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation for this post.

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