Immobility by Brian Evenson

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13 Critic Reviews

Grim and unrelenting, this compelling book will darken the mood of even the most lighthearted readers as Evenson drives it toward an inevitable but still surprising ending.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

When you open your eyes things already seem to be happening without you. You don't know who you are and you don't remember where you've been. You know the world has changed, that a catastrophe has destroyed what used to exist before, but you can't remember exactly what did exist before. And you're paralyzed from the waist down apparently, but you don't remember that either.

A man claiming to be your friend tells you your services are required. Something crucial has been stolen, but what he tells you about it doesn't quite add up. You've got to get it back or something bad is going to happen. And you've got to get it back fast, so they can freeze you again before your own time runs out.

Before you know it, you're being carried through a ruined landscape on the backs of two men in hazard suits who don't seem anything like you at all, heading toward something you don't understand that may well end up being the death of you.

Welcome to the life of Josef Horkai….


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BRIAN EVENSON is the author of Last Days (formerly titled Brotherhood of Mutilation) and The Open Curtain (Coffee House), which was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an IHG Award and was among Time Out New York's top books of 2006. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University's Literary Arts Program. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection) and The Brotherhood of Mutilation. He has translated work by Chrstian Gailly, Jean Frèmon and Jacques Jouet. He has received an O. Henry Prize as well as an NEA fellowship.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Tor Books. 254 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Immobility
All: 13 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
Mar 01 2012

Satisfying if not particularly surprising or original.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 13 2012

Grim and unrelenting, this compelling book will darken the mood of even the most lighthearted readers as Evenson drives it toward an inevitable but still surprising ending.

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Josh Vogt on Apr 12 2012

Immobility doesn't brim with brand new ideas, but it integrates two familiar ones in a powerful way--and, in the end, it seems to be asking the reader, "What would you do in this situation? Could you manage it any better?"

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Apr 12 2012

Evenson's prose is, as usual, perfect — intelligent but unpretentious, and perfectly evocative of a barren, brutal world that's been mostly given up for dead.

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Chamber Four

Excellent
Reviewed by Nico Vreeland on May 03 2012

In the end, this isn’t a masterpiece, but it’s a very solid little piece of sci-fi, a simple idea well-executed, and the most fun I’ve had reading in several months.

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The Guilded Earlobe

Below average
Apr 06 2012

Evenson offers some brilliant visuals, compelling dilemmas and a gut punch ending, just don’t expect to go away completely satisfied.

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Guys Lit Wire

Good
Reviewed by William Polking on May 14 2012

Brian Evenson’s Immobility is both a stirring post-apocalyptic thriller and a thoughtful meditation on faith and what it means to be human.

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Alternative Worlds

Good
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Feb 14 2012

This grim ultra-dark Kafka like thriller hooks the reader from the start as Horkai slowly awakens to his condition and the horror of what has passed while he was sleeping

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Bookgasm

Good
Reviewed by Bruce Grossman on Apr 26 2012

IMMOBILITY plays with the main character’s perception through the whole, to the point readers will truly be surprised by the seriously dark ending to come.

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Backlisted

Good
Reviewed by Andrew Wilmot on Feb 16 2012

From beginning to end, Evenson shows impressive restraint, never giving more than we need, never leaving the reader pissed off at what we aren’t told.

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SciFi Chick

Good
Apr 11 2012

This science fiction thriller is intensely dramatic, dark, and chilling.

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Music and More

Good
Reviewed by Tim Niland on May 11 2012

Both the characters and the plot are enigmatic and mysterious with the journey (superficially reminiscent to Cormac McCarthy's The Road) filled with trials and the outcome wholly unexpected.

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jmww

Good
Mar 30 2012

Immobility is a great book, showcasing a great writer at the height of his powers.

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