For fans of The Age of
Miracles and The Dog Stars, Black Moon is a hallucinatory and
stunning debut that Charles Yu calls “gripping and expertly constructed.”
Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his
beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred
speech, and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world.
Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.
He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass
confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of
sleeplessness. Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off
their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets
in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the
sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps
reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around, sleep has become an infinitely
precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are
those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for
Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength he never knew he had.
Kenneth Calhoun has written a brilliantly realized
and utterly riveting depiction of a world gripped by madness, one that is
vivid, strange, and profoundly moving. Download and start listening now!