Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Sleep Donation by Karen Russell (Audiobook Review)
Sleep Donation is a novella, a quick read ... or, in my case, a quick listen. It is based off an intriguing idea of what happens when people do not get the sleep they need. And, the extent to which others will go to survive, to aid their loved ones, and to protect those in need. A glance into a world where one cannot or will not fall asleep makes one feel helpless and a bit depressed. But, there is hope. Just one hour of sleep can help to reverse the deadly sleep, or the lack thereof. The question that remains is ... Will there be enough to stop it all?
Greta Gerwing narrates Russell's novella. At first, I had a difficult time adapting to her voice. However, by the end, she became Trish. She captured the tone of helplessness, the grit of loss, the voice of someone who is exhausted from the life she is living and the purpose she is trying to serve.
In the end, Sleep Donation is a haunting tale. I know the feeling of nightmarish dreams and sleepless nights, and Russell captured it well. My only complaint is that I wanted more. I just wanted to know what happened next.
Have you experienced the world without sleep? What were you left thinking and feeling?