The Book of M

The Book of M

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At an outdoor market in India, a man's shadow disappears. As the phenomenon spreads, those afflicted gain a strange new power but 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. Then Max's shadow disappears too. She knows that the more she forgets the more dangerous she will become to Ory, and she runs away. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018
Edition: First William Morrow hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780062669605
Branch Call Number: FIC SHEPHER 2018
Characteristics: 485 pages ; 24 cm


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IndyPL_CarriG Apr 22, 2019

A heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming dystopian fantasy novel with characters whose depth becomes more and more apparent as time goes on. The cause and full impact of the event that caused the cataclysms leading to this bleak future are never fully explained - which makes it intriguing to try to piece together. People who don't like modern fiction and don't enjoy this type of vagueness though should steer clear - this novel is about the very human people in the midst of catastrophe, not about how that catastrophe came to be. Though there are hints, clues, and hope by the end. A thoroughly engrossing read.

Dec 23, 2018

I enjoyed this book, which tells the story of apocalyptic collapse of society after people lose their shadows and then their memories. The Shadowed and Shadowless are all affected differently in their methods of coping in this new world. The story mixes East Indian mythology, magic, Peter Pan references (he is the first to have lost his shadow in modern western mythology), the dementia of losing memories, books and stories of memories. A fabulous interwoven story of the survival of our various protagonists; coexistence; xenophobia; while our characters are making their way to the fabled Gatherer who may have the cure. A very original book, with a complex interwoven story that is easy to follow.

Aug 10, 2018

I was also skeptical about this book when I started it, and put it down for a week, not sure that I would bother to finish it. But I did, and I am so glad. An intriguing plot (encompassing a dystopian future, magic, religious cults, and a love story) that examines of who we are if we lose our memories, and what happens to the people who are forgotten.

Jul 30, 2018

For the first quarter of this book I was skeptical. A shadow is not a thing. It can’t be lost. What sort of nonsense is this? I’m so glad I stuck with it. What an emotional ride! It’s hard to describe without giving too much away, so I’ll just say it’s very different from other “dystopian future” books that I’ve read. It even has aspects of magical realism, which is my favorite genre. Mainly it’s a love story, actually two love stories. It’s also a book about how we learn to communicate with each other and how we remember each other…or not. Wow, it’s apparently hard to classify a specific genre but I will admit I was crying by the end. I think this will probably turn out to be one of my favorite books of the year.

multcolib_rachaels May 30, 2018

Shepherd takes an ambitious, original idea and grows it to a fantastic novel through character development and a deeply thought out system of magic. People lose their shadows, then their memories. What they forget can disappear, and what they remember incorrectly can change what's real for everyone. In the post-apocalyptic world formed accidentally by the shadowless, people struggle to survive and find loved ones. Reads like Station Eleven meets Amatka.


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