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 follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure....
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The Book of M Reviews
I love books that are not easily classifiable – and this is just that. It is speculative fiction but also incorporates a feeling of magical realism, it is a romance (and it is really not), it is just absolutely lovely. I adore the premise above all else: at some point in the not so distant future people start losing their shadows and with them, slowly but inexorably, their memories. First the small things but then bigger and bigger things until they forget to breath. With the loss of memories co ...more
Wow, this book was a ride! It was such a well-crafted apocalypse with a terrifying premise. Forgetting oneself is a horrible thought, but add onto that the magic in this book and it's all the more scary. But it's also brilliantly done.
The cast of characters and different perspectives always keep you interested and drive you to read on, and the relationships built between characters are so investing. I absolutely loved how multicultural this book was - so many people of colour and even some gay ...more
I admit I found out about this fabulous debut after meeting the author at Phoenix Comic Con and sharing a drink with her amid a group of other fellow authors. I could see how thrilled she was to have her book coming out soon and so I in turn was excited to see what she had done. I bought this book earlier today (it was available in my local Barnes & Noble a day early) and finished it in 5 hours. I normally steer clear of dystopian post-apocalyptic stuff, but this is more Ray Bradbury sci-fi ...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 was lucky enough to be given an advanced copy of The Book of M in exchange for an honest review. So to sum it up, go buy this book as soon as it comes out, because you won’t find a more engaging and refreshingly original dystopian story anywhere out there. And believe me, I’ve looked.
The Book of M is a delight—beautifully written, deeply felt, and stunningly original, particularly for the genre. The Book of M’s world ends not through zombies or a pandemic but due to the simple human act of fo ...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
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me… --- Psalm 23But what if you were walking through the valley of the death of shadows? Who or what might be with you then? If, as Macbeth proclaims, life’s but a walking shadow, what becomes of the poor player when even the shadow has walked?
Peng Shepherd - from her site - Photo by Rachel Crittenden
There have been two major periods in my life when I kept a journal. The first was when I was fi ...more