Lost Everything by Brian Slattery

60%

9 Critic Reviews

The end-of-times setting and ruminations on the power of family relationships are intriguing, but the novel is plagued by an unsatisfying, scattershot execution.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

From the author of the critically acclaimed literary SF novels Spaceman Blues and Liberation comes an incandescent and thrilling post-apocalyptic tale in the vein of 1984 or The Road.

 

In the not-distant-enough future, a man takes a boat trip up the Susquehanna River with his most trusted friend, intent on reuniting with his son. But the man is pursued by an army, and his own harrowing past; and the familiar American landscape has been savaged by war and climate change until it is nearly unrecognizable.

 

Lost Everything is a stunning novel about family and faith, what we are afraid may come to be, and how to wring hope from hopelessness.

 

Lost Everything is the winner of the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award.

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About Brian Slattery

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Brian Francis Slattery was born and raised in upstate New York. He is an editor for the U.S. Institute of Peace and the New Haven Review. He is the author of Spaceman Blues and Liberation, and is also a musician. He lives near New Haven, CT.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Tor Books. 304 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Lost Everything
All: 9 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Below average
Apr 01 2012

The end-of-times setting and ruminations on the power of family relationships are intriguing, but the novel is plagued by an unsatisfying, scattershot execution.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
May 07 2012

Slattery's dystopian U.S. is so bleak and heavy-handedly tragic, readers will likely tire of the trip long before the riverhead.

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Wall Street Journal

Below average
Reviewed by Tom Shippey on Apr 14 2012

Brian Slattery's "Lost Everything" is much less fun than his "Liberation" (2008 … there is nothing slick about it, and little in the way of adventures.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Jason Heller on Apr 16 2012

To Slattery’s credit, Lost Everything doesn’t offer sermons or solutions, just a poignant, poetic, devastating way of pondering the questions.

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Tor

Excellent
Reviewed by Alex Brown on Apr 10 2012

Lost Everything is the sort of book you think you can read on the bus to work or while waiting for the dryer to chime. But instead it drowns you gradually, drop by drop, until you’ve lost whole swaths of time.

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Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Below average
Reviewed by Abraham Riesman on Apr 23 2012

But like much else in Lost Everything, that liberal bona fide doesn’t quite make for a crackling yarn.

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Upcoming4.Me

Excellent
Apr 11 2012

Though on the surface "Lost Everything" might seem like Brian and Tor are jumping on the postapocalyptic bandwagon created by books such as Hunger Games, Lost Everything is much more serious and clever book more in vein of The Road than the former.

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Backlisted

Good
Reviewed by Andrew Wilmot on Apr 10 2012

Slattery’s employment of subtlety and restraint prevents Lost Everything from being boiled down to its barest essentials. Highly recommended.

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The World in the Satin Bag

Good
Reviewed by Shaun Duke on May 07 2012

Optimism at its finest, and handled by Slattery with simple, but beautiful prose and through a narrative that collapses the past and present to show us who people were and who they have become.

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