The Book of M: A Novel

Written by:
Peng Shepherd

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
74
Narrator
24
Release Date
June 2018
Duration
17 hours 7 minutes
Summary
Brad Thor's Summer 2018 Fiction Pick for THE TODAY SHOW!

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY Elle • Refinery29 • PopSugar • Verge

'Eerie, dark, and compelling, [The Book of M] will not disappoint lovers of The Passage and Station Eleven.' —Booklist

WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE UP TO REMEMBER?

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 man’s shadow disappears—an 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 Max’s 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.

Like The Passage and Station Eleven, this haunting, thought-provoking, and beautiful novel explores fundamental questions of memory, connection, and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down.
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Katie C.

The plot is so unique and original that I knew I had to read it right away. I love fantasy and dystopian novels and this one does not disappoint. A fantastic debut novel.

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Liesl D.

Gripping, for what is man without his memories or history?

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Tobi B.

Loved the narration - quite a twist in the plot.

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Sunna M.

Brilliant and gorgeously written.

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Andrew J.

I loved it very unique and real view of what could happen if don’t stop slow down and take notice of all around us. Brilliant!

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Devi P.

This book was so unique. The beginning throws you into a world where nothing makes sense, but as the book develops you gain clarity. This book questions what makes an individual an individual. The characters we follow are complex and refreshing. I really enjoyed the journey I went on through this book.

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Andy M.

This book starts off relatively exciting, but quickly deteriorates to randomness and eventually to a pathetic ending. The author spends to much time with dramatcism that isn't worth it or needed, excessive character development that bores you to death, and fails to explain anything concretely. If you like unnecessary plot twists or following a story that goes from sort of believable to down right ridiculous, this may be book you want to listen to. Be prepared for a very unsatisfying ending.

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