Panik

Chris Selwyn James

Rating: 2 out of 5.

It starts in Oxford. At first, they thought it was murder, but it soon became clear that the victims were doing it to themselves. Cases increase on a nightly basis, for it is sleep that triggers the Panic. The only way to guarantee making it through the night is not to go to sleep, and a burgeoning new sleep-deprivation drug industry is born. As the outbreak spreads, only one person seems to be immune. Can she help stop the spread of the Panic?

I have to admit that I’ve spent over a week avoiding having to write this review. The book began well, and the premise is good enough, but something just goes wrong. It’s clear that the author had so many ideas for this story that could have been effective but shoving them all in together just created an overload that makes none of it work. It’s a post-apocalyptic, psychological, political, mystical, gangland, paranoiac, anti-authority, supernatural horror/sci-fi/fantasy mishmash that falls further apart the more you get into the story. Very disappointing.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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