Early Riser

Early Riser

Book - 2018
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Imagine a world where all humans must hibernate through a brutally cold winter, their bodies dangerously close to death as they enter an ultra-low metabolic state of utterly dreamless sleep. All humans, that is, apart from the Winter Consuls, a group of officers who diligently watch over the vulnerable sleeping citizens. Charlie Worthing is a novice, chosen by a highflying hero Winter Consul to accompany him to the Douzey, a remote sector in the middle of Wales, to investigate a dream which is somehow spreading amongst those in the hibernational state, causing paranoia, hallucination, and a psychotic episode that can end in murder. Worthing has been trained to deal with Tricksy Nightwalkers, whose consciousness has been eroded by hibernation, leaving only one or two skills and an incredible hunger. He's been trained to stay alive through the bleakest and loneliest of winters. But he is in no way prepared for what awaits him in Sector Twelve. There are no heroes in Winter, Worthing has been told. And he's about to find out why.
Publisher: [New York] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780670025039
Branch Call Number: FIC FFORDE
Characteristics: 402 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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The winters have become so bitter that humans must sleep to get through the season. A few stay awake to keep the hibernating people safe. Charlie is about to discover that this is one very weird and deadly task. Wacky, smart, and delightful dystopian. Suggested by Lisa C.

The winters have become so bitter that humans must sleep to get through the season. A few stay awake to keep the hibernating people safe. Charlie is about to discover that this is one very weird and deadly task. Wacky, smart, and delightful dystopian. Suggested by Lisa C.

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Nov 18, 2019

I have read every Jasper Fforde book that my library offers. This was good, but I really have begun to dislike the feeling that I should already know what is going on in his books. His style of writing seems to work that way and I'm not sure I love it as much. I was glad to see that he was writing again.

Oct 20, 2019

Initially, I was frustrated by the complex scenarios that Jasper Fforde set out in the opening chapters of Early Riser: they seemed contrived and self-referential. Everything came together mid-book, and the pace picked up considerably. The novel was transformed into a fantasy thriller with a moral conundrum at its centre.

Fforde mentions in his afterword that he went through a writing "hiatus" from 2014-2016; perhaps this is why his trademark wit is rather more subdued in Early Riser than it was in the Thursday Next series.

Aug 11, 2019

I enjoyed the concept of this one and the world building. It was interesting and definitely something different.

Charlie is your lovable loser who doesn’t have much going for him but has this perfect opportunity to do better. Other characters make the story colorful and engaging (The Toccata/Aurora arc is amusing and fun to read). Each character has their own quirks and personality traits which makes the book develop a personality of its own.

The concept of people going into hibernation, and the viral dreams is interesting and makes the world unique and unbelievable but also fun to read. The world building itself in the novel is also interesting. I took a liking to the Villains and their stamp collecting, although they play a small part in the novel, think of them as elegant pirates with a penchant for stamps.

So although the characters and the setting is interesting, the plot itself falls flat and is very slow. There’s sporadic moments to carry the book along, but overall the book in its entirety is slow paced. It did feel a bit of a chore to read for the most part which is unfortunate as there the setting and the characters proved to be promising but the plot could have been better.

This was my first Jasper Fforde book, so I’m willing to give the other books a chance as I’m sure they’re better this one. It’s not that I didn’t like reading it, but it was the slow pace of the plot that nearly compromised my attention and rather affected my reading and enjoyment of the book.

Jul 20, 2019

I enjoyed this book, so so much! A fantastic journey filled with mystery, interesting characters, and a world a step away from our own filled with rich details and a history to make it almost real (if you can look past the mythical creatures, almost charming “zombies” and borderline obsessive junk food eating, which I strongly encourage you do, as the story is most definitely enriched by their presence).
I feel like there are many parallels to be made with the current political and social landscape we all now live in, but to be honest I just loved the compelling story and enjoyed escaping into a brilliant page turner of a book.
This was a first Fforde novel for me, and I’m relishing the prospect of diving into his back catalogue.

DPL_Graham Jun 04, 2019

The long winter months have turned bitterly and deadly cold. Blizzards, ice, and snow cover the world and force the majority of the surviving population to take cover indoors in a long coma, dead to the world, inside nuclear silos and hotels designed to keep people safe during the dangerous winter. Only a few foolhardy souls stay awake for the winter. New Winter Console Charlie Worthing, a deformed and smart young man is tackling his first winter and sleep mysteries are everywhere. The line between sleeping and waking has never been more blurred and Hybertech, the worlds largest coma inducing corporation, is up to no good. Fforde is witty and dry as he takes us through a futuristic world where myths and dreams can come true in winter. This novel is a great mix of adventure, humor, and sci-fi paced perfectly to make the 400 page novel flow.

noramw Mar 28, 2019

I always know that Jasper Fforde will take the world I know and stretch it in new directions, and yet it’s always a gorgeous surprise to see how naturally he does it. With his trademark wit and humor, Fforde gives us a frozen, dangerous world and an imperfect but earnest hero bound to protect the Hibernating populace but caught between a duelling pair of powerful women in the mysterious Sector Twelve.


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