Nod by Adrian Barnes
Published August 31, 2014
- Author Adrian Barnes
Nod is a very intelligent book, with a smart premise and plenty of philosophical and thoughtful prose throughout. The concept - what would happen if the majority of the world failed to sleep one night, and then the next, and then the next - is really fascinating. A strong idea that could lead to hundreds of possibilities and conclusions.
The story takes a while to get going, and the pacing is very uneven. As soon as the sleepless night takes place, things ratchet up really quickly, and as you can imagine society descends into chaos.
The problem is, about halfway through, I felt like I was getting left behind. There was less plot and more meandering through ideas, and yet none of them came to any conclusions, and none of them felt like the right thing for the character to be wondering.
Overall, a good book, strong in concept and writing, but not really for me.