My pick this week:
Format: Paperback, 360 pages
It’s been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me.
Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he’s had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people’s fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets—and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death.
Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. Parker starts going to bizarre lengths to catch Mia’s eye every day. Everyone at school thinks he’s gone over the edge, even his best friend. And when Mia is threatened by a true stalker, everyone thinks it’s Parker.
Suffering blackouts, Parker begins to wonder if he is turning into someone dangerous. What if the monster stalking Mia is him after all?
Okay, can I say AWESOME premise? I've never read a book like this. I can't imagine Parker's pain - I need to sleep at least a little every night, even if it's just an hour or two, before I can keep going again. I think the longest I've gone without sleep is maybe 30 hours? And for him it's been four YEARS?! Let's not even get into the issue of how screwed up dreams can be... I got an ARC of this book last week and I'm having a hard time convincing myself not to read it immediately. It sounds like a psychological thrill-ride :)
Have you heard of Insomnia? What do you think about the concept of it?