Sleep Donation

  • by Karen Russell
  • Narrated by Greta Gerwig
  • 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the New York Times best seller Swamplandia, and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, an imaginative and haunting novella about an insomnia epidemic set in the near future.
A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps' reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish's faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by "Baby A" the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious "Donor Y".
Sleep Donation explores a world facing the end of sleep as we know it, where "Night Worlds" offer black market remedies to the desperate and sleep deprived, and where even the act of making a gift is not as simple as it appears.


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Clever Insomnia Epidemic Diary

Trish, a Sleep Corp Recruiter, searches and secures good dream donations for those suffering from terminal insomnia. The style is more of a diary entry or report from her singular, almost detached point of view. Fantastic idea is filled with scientific explanations and a mysterious Baby A donating blissful sleep to the needy and Donor Y spreading nightmares.

Short and simple recount is filled with rich analogies; admired her ability to paint a picture with just a few words (e.g. "he wrote his name on the donor form in small upper case print as if he was shouting through a window, turning into a whisper"). Missing was a strong connection to Trish; other characters to relate to; deeper exploration of themes; and a more fashioned ending. I'm happy I listened to this beautiful, melancholy dream, but it could have been better. I would try another book by Russell, and may check out the much hyped, "Swamplandia" book.
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- FanB14 "Short, Simple, No Spoilers"

Unique and interesting

This was a very interesting story. No action, no gore, no ethical and moral conflicts, none of the things that normally make me unable to unplug and audiobook were present here. Sleep donation is a story that made me work to understand exactly what had happened and where it was going.

This is an aloof account of Trish a Sleep Corp Recruiter. Who's job it is to seek out and secure dream donations that can be given to those suffering from the insomnia epidemic. Allowing them to live just a bit longer until it is time for another donation.

I really wanted to feel invested in the story. I really wanted to connect to some of the characters. I just couldn't get there.

If you are looking for a unique and quick read / listen. You don't care if you like it or hate it, as I am sure most will feel one way or the other. Have a sense of adventure. You should check Sleep Donation out.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2014
  • Publisher: Atavist Books