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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Customer Reviews

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Good Idea not executed

The idea of the story captured me, but this was not a fun journey. The protagonist was too whiny- I could not relate to her or her decisions. Some of the logical things you would expect to hear about within the story never came to fruition. And the story end was not only unsatisfactory but also ended with a kind of cliff hanger. Also the reader was not up to the standards of a typical audio book reader. And totally missed the boat when it come to proper word emphasis. Example: what I thought was incomplete sentences was in reality Chapter headings.
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- D. A. Lewis

intriguing idea, but a disappointing execution

Sci-fi and fantasy generally do not interest me, but being a chronic insomniac, I was immediately grabbed by the title of this novella. I wanted to love it. I did love the idea of a pandemic of insomnia that is killing millions; finally, scientists have learned how to extract the essence of pure sleep from the uninfected, and the purest comes from infants. No one knows if taking their sleep from them is damaging. That's about as far as this novella goes (sorry, spoiler!) and that just wasn't far enough to satisfy me. Nice beginning, tho.
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- joyce

Book Details

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