Sleep Over: An Oral History of the Apocalypse

Sleep Over: An Oral History of the Apocalypse Review

For fans of the oral history genre phenomenon World War Z, a worldwide plague of insomnia creates a devastating new apocalypse.

Remember what it’s like to last an entire night without sleep? That dull but constant headache. The feeling of your brain on edge. How easily irritated you were. How difficult it was to concentrate, even on seemingly menial tasks. It was just a single restless night, but everything felt just a little bit harder to do, and the only real comfort was knowing your head would finally hit the pillow at the end of the day, and when you awoke the next morning everything would return to normal.

But what if sleep didn’t come the next night? Or the night after? What might happen if you, your friends and family, your coworkers, the strangers you pass on the street, all slowly began to realize that rest might not ever come again?

How slowly might the world fall apart? How long would it take for a society without sleep to descend into chaos?

Sleep Over is collection of waking nightmares, a scrapbook of the haunting and poignant stories from those trapped in a world where the pillars of society are crumbling, and madness is slowly descending on a planet without rest.

Online vigilantism turns social media into a deadly gamble.

A freelance journalist grapples with the ethics of turning in footage of mass suicide.

A kidnapped hypnotist is held hostage by those at wit’s end for a cure.

In Sleep Over, these stories are just the beginning. Before the Longest Day, the world record was eleven days without sleep. It turns out most of us can go much longer.

Title:Sleep Over: An Oral History of the Apocalypse
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Taryn

    Can you imagine a world without sleep?As the sun rises in each time zone, people around the globe realize that no one was able to sleep the night before. There's no relief the next night or in the f...

  • Alina

    ***Note: I received a copy curtesy of Netgalley and Skyhorse Publishing in exchange for an honest review.Very interesting premises: one day, totally out of the blue, people can't sleep anymore - at al...

  • Chris Berko

    I had tremendously high expectations on this one and had been waiting a very VERY long time for the release since first hearing about it and about those expectations, hhhmmmmmmm, well, they were met. ...

  • Jodie

    Book ReviewTitle: Sleep OverAuthor: H. G. BellsGenre: HorrorRating: DNFReview: What I can gather from the blurb is that Sleep Over is a collection of waking nightmares, a scrapbook collection of haunt...

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  • Olivia

    I loved how this book was written! The style lends itself to people who don’t usually have long periods of uninterrupted quiet. Every few pages is a good stopping point so it’s great to read when ...

  • Stu

    Not a shabby sci-fi/horror concept -- a plague of prolonged insomnia brings humanity to its knees -- but the oral history framework ends up working to the novel's detriment, as the writing isn't stron...

  • Gemma

    Really enjoyed this book. An interesting look into a world without sleep. Liked that it gave multiple perspectives from different people around the world and their experience during the event. The sto...

  • Clair

    A wonderfully chilling apocalyptic book that questions what would become of the world if no-one was able to sleep?  We follow the story as the world breaks apart, bit by bit.  The horror created by ...

  • Lorraine

    A REALLY interesting idea that was well explored. One or two of the accounts got boring but on the whole I was completely intrigued....