Author: Albert Espinosa
Publisher: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
Length: 107 Pages (on my Nook)
Genre: Science Fiction (but it says YA on NetGalley)
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Can you imagine a future where everyone has given up sleeping?
From the creator of the television series Red Band Society and author of the international bestseller The Yellow World comes this uniquely special novel.
What if I could reveal your secrets with just a glance? And what if I could feel with your heart just by looking at you? And what if –in a single moment– I could know that we were made for each other? Marcos has just lost his mother, a famous dancer who taught him everything, and he decides that his world can never be the same without her. Just as he is about to make a radical change, a phone call turns his world upside down.
First things first. I actually really liked the cover. The title, which I LOVE, is the focus, as it should be, making it very simple in a pretty perfect way. I was intrigued from the start.
Let me start with the positives. The writing style was incredible. I was hooked from pretty much the first line. I knew right away that Albert Espinosa is clearly talented. And there were so many thought-provoking sentences and phrases. I was constantly highlighting my Nook throughout the entire book so that I could look back at them. He made me look at life, death, and even pillows in a completely different way, which was awesome and so unexpected.
HOWEVER, for me, I felt like the plot was a little all over the place. The constant back and forth between the past and present made it a little difficult to follow at times and made what the book was about very unclear. And the storyline was just strange. That’s really the only word I can use to describe it. It started off fairly interesting with the main character trying to decide if he should get this new popular injection that makes you stay awake FOREVER and never need sleep, which I was curious about. But then it turns into this weird cross between Inception and E.T. and some movie about a sex-obsessed mother who talks to her child WAY too often about sex that I’m sure exists somewhere in Hollywood. Yes, it got a little weird.
Overall, I was disappointed. I had such high hopes for this book, especially when I saw that the author was the creator of Red Band Society, which is a great show by the way. Don’t get me wrong though. The writing was SO good, which made it very difficult for me to give it less than 3 stars, but the plot and the weird fascination with sex negatively impacted my opinion of the book. BUT, I would definitely check out Espinosa’s other books because I love the writing style.
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*