Nod is a piece of speculative fiction about what would happen if nearly everyone in the world stopped sleeping. Focusing on Paul, a writer who wakes up to discover that he is one of the few who has slept. Those still having the ability to sleep, find themselves dreaming the same dream about a golden light.
The world quickly fractures into “Sleepers” and the “Awakened “. Of course, the Awakened quickly start resenting those who can still sleep. Sleep deprivation is well know as having terrible and ultimately fatal side effects. Nod chronicles the devastating side effects that occurs in the Awakened. In Nod, we find the world changing into something unrecognisable.
Based upon the synopsis of Nod, I thought that the book was going to tell an interesting and unusual apocalyptic story. And in reality, such a good idea should have produced a enthralling novel. I feel the need to emphasis the “should”. In reality this was one of the most unenjoyable reads that I have experienced in a long time.
Please bear in mind that this is my own point of view. As a reader you may find yourself enjoying Nod. My main issue with this book is that the author, Adrian Barnes spent so much time using unnecessary words. As a result I found Barnes failing to write anything interesting with the plot. I don’t usually quote from the books I’m reviewing but in this case it’s necessary, “Charles loved big words, loved forcing them into his sentences no matter how much they squealed.” Seriously? That sentence is probably the best description of Nod that I could ever come up with. Words just forced into sentences.
The style of writing that Nod is written in was overwhelmingly distracting. Maybe the author did manage to write a passably interesting book, but it was completely hidden under that many words I couldn’t even be bothered to start digging. I did manage to finish Nod, mainly because I was playing the “how many ridiculous words in one sentence can I find” game. It’s not that often that I find myself writing a completely negative review, but I can honestly say that I can not find anything about this book that I liked. 1 star.
****I purchased Nod by Adrian Barnes with my own money. All opinions in this book are my own, and this is my honest review****