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And Then I Woke Up

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Devlin nails the horror of isolation and alienation due to the endless waves of competing narratives in a sea of hyper-individuality. A man wonders whether to use the procedure to escape his boring life for a year, but he can't make up his mind and so he meanders through his life going every day to his rubbish job, looking after his bratty kids, doing all the dull domestic chores, but he doesn't know whether to spend so much money on this procedure. However, some have found that living without knowing the whole truth may be easier than facing the consequences of their actions. In a post apocalyptic landscape, where roving groups of uninfected try to survive in a world gone crazy, Spence’s tale unfolds, and eventually we learn how he ended up at Ironside.

At the end of Fourth Wing (2023), Violet and her lover, Xaden Riorson, discovered that Navarre is under attack from wyvern, evil two-legged dragons, and venin, soulless monsters that harvest energy from the ground. Spence was working as a dishwasher in a pizzeria when most of the staff and patrons suddenly turned into rotting, ravenous monsters, forcing Spence and his friend Macey to kill their attackers and set the place on fire.Curious” does not even start to describe how I feel after reading your review: this sounds very different from your usual “zombie apocalypse” story, and much more thought-provoking, so I will certainly have to see for myself about that oh-so-intriguing twist you mentioned… Thanks for sharing! Grimdark fans will appreciate And Then I Woke Up for the internal struggles the characters experience, the unreliability of the narrative, and the way Devlin constructs a hazy maze where the truth lays hidden. What stuck in my mind after I turned the last page was the question of which side truth was really on? And Then I Woke Up is a story about what happens when all truths are created equal, when every perspective on every issue is considered equally valid. Devlin has produced a novella that is both entertaining and has something to say about the state of the modern, media driven world.

I'm all for books that leave me questioning, but I didn't feel led anywhere by this one - it echoed my questions, but never took me further. Malcolm Devlin’s novella, And Then I Woke Up, explores the concept of the truth and the way its many versions influence choice and action. That’s usually a positive thing, but not necessarily so in the world of Malcolm Devlin’s And Then I Woke Up, a harrowing tale about an infection that quickly sweeps the world and shapes the infected’s worldview for the worse.The central idea of a narrative turned literal virus was intriguing, and for the most part worked well until the "is it or isn't it real" was debated one too many times, or maybe one too few.

I knew this little novella would break my brain when I started it, but I expected there to be a resolution. Not only is it a novella, coming in at just under 170 pages, it also relies on the reader knowing as little as possible going into the book. After living so long as a survivor and losing the person closest to him—not to mention having trouble coming to terms with the fact that he’s killed people—Spence decided he no longer wanted to be a part of this narrative (another term the book uses to describe the supposedly made-up zombie apocalypse story). Devlin does a superb job showing how his afflicted characters are compelled to accept outrageous beliefs that contradict the objective realities before them. It would’ve been nice to get to know the characters more deeply and see different perspectives around the main event that happens.Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. A certain sort of vulnerability to look at someone, a group of people and think: monster, zombie, Other. But while Australia is wonderful and I do enjoy TV shows and books created there, I think that its global "cultural dominance" may be overstated here--so much so that I wondered if it was meant to imply the events were taking place elsewhere. In Devlin's ( You Will Grow Into Them) latest, the world is healing in the aftermath of a deadly mass delusion caused by an infection that induces hallucinations of zombies in its victims. A mind-altering virus puts a stranglehold on the world and the survivors don’t know what to believe or who to trust.

It's sprinkled throughout as our narrator tells us his story (highly recommend the audiobook for this reason, and the narrator sounds like Bob Mortimer) but this is firmly in the character development camp over action, and the pacing is slow as a result. This was a fascinating zombie novel that led to a cool chat with my twelve-year-old about the common experience of feeling like you're in a movie, especially if there's music playing, and whether or not we'd be someone else's believer. The book is full of action and just as full of plot holes, including scenes that are illogical or disconnected from the main narrative. Then you look a little closer and see a dark figure in shades of black and grey, in a cloud of gloomy brush strokes, sitting on a chair with a knife at his feet. And Then I Woke Up is a story told by a man who has lived through this apocalyptic event where many people believe that others are turning into zombies.There isn't much to say without running the risk of spoilers, but I was fascinated by the entire premise that Devlin came up with and its social commentary on the way people view and spread information and "truth" in the modern age. But then you realize that’s the point, because it’s a story about a cured survivor trying to make sense of a world fighting a viral disease that warps one’s perception of reality. I am really looking forward to more from this author, because this was so wonderfully messed up and thought provoking! My goal, after all, is to pitch the book to the right audience—the readers who I think will most appreciate a story I’ve found interesting and impactful.

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