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The Book of M
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself. One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a mans shadow disappearsan occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories. Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Maxs shadow disappears too. Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless. As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure. Like The Passage and Station Eleven, this haunting, thought-provoking, and beautiful novel explores fundamental questions of memory, connection, and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down.
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JoeMo
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This book had an interesting premise…people start losing their shadows and shortly thereafter, their memories. This book was a mixed bag though…there are some huge plot holes and issues and it didn‘t help that I didn‘t really care about most of the characters (some really, really annoyed me too!). Some plot twists were eye roll-inducing, while that final one was pretty dang fun!. It‘s a respectable and enthusiastic debut novel….

JoeMo Where the author really tried for something different, but a number of elements of the book didn‘t work, or at least not as well as the author had intended. This was a weaker pick for me, 3/5 I think (maybe 3.5 max). #bookspinbingo. @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 2mo
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BacklistB__ch
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I still cannot decide how I feel about this book. I enjoyed it, then I didn‘t, then I did.

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GondorGirl
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In exciting #BookMail news, the used copy of 'The Book of M' I ordered turned out to be a signed ARC!

Suet624 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
AmyG What a nice surprise! 6mo
kspenmoll Fantastic!!!! 6mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I did not organize my #curiouscovers well! Featuring this again because it appears to be the only book I have with anything car like!
Luckily it is a book I love enough to push others to read

@eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Sounds powerful 💙👏🏻📚👍🏼 1y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#curiouscovers #stars
I have a few books I loved with stars on the cover but tagged is my most pushed read if 2018. I made so many people read this! I just loved the story here.
@eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Beautiful 🌟👏🏻🌟 1y
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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 96.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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ElspethY
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
Mehso-so

Interesting plot, great writing - just a bit hard to read during the current situation 😅

SW-T A belated welcome to Litsy! ☺️ #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂
Check out #LitsyEvents for a varied listing of fun-related happenings within this neighborhood of fellow readers.🤗
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🎈 9mo
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Mskt6891
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#popsugarreadingchallenge2021
Book 10/50
Prompt: a book about forgetting

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Mskt6891
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Not quite a full 24hrs but I'm pleased with this! #24in48

Read one full book and bits of three others ☺️

Soubhiville Great job! 2y
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Mskt6891
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It's past midnight here in England so I'm clocking up a bit of time towards #24in48 before bed

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rrkreads
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Read my review of the Book of M by Peng Shepherd here:

https://bit.ly/39HD2ZS

This book, especially the ending, blew my mind.

RRKReads Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#2020 #DiscardpileReadingChallenge #YearEndReadingPlans #RRKReadsTBR

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rrkreads
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Heard about this book from a YouTube video. Though the synopsis is interesting enough, it's the mention of India that made me pick this book up. I am just about 25% in & I have not been disappointed , yet. Hope I like this 1. Let's see...

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#AlphabetTitles #LetterB
So many spectacular books for B. Nonfiction runs from the awe- inspiring Becoming by Michelle Obama and Between the World and Me by Coats to the fun Bonk by Mary Roach.
Fiction from the surreal of The Bird King to the classic Bel Canto. The Book of M which I loved so much I shoved on everyone when it came out. And who can forget the all too real Bridget Jones?
What is your favorite B book?

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Susan
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Librariana
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Hello, @TheAromaofBooks!
So nice to finally make your acquaintance... officially! ?

For your consideration (and that of all my fellow Littens!), here is pg. 1 of my September #BookSpin list.

Your wonderfully thorough master post did say 20 titles... and I know you gave us wiggle room for freebies... but I needed to practice more self-discipline, so I went with 24 and 1 "wild card".

Thank you so much for putting #BookSpinBingo together!

Cinfhen Beautiful 😍😍😍your penmanship 🙌🏻 2y
Librariana @Cinfhen - Aww! 🥰🥰🥰 Thank you so much for the flattering compliment, Cindy 💜 I promise it's not perfect, but it made me happy to go back to doing a tiny bit of calligraphy and handlettering... exercise that muscle memory. To jotting things down and list-keeping... even if on a small scale. I haven't book- or bullet-journaled in AGES! This definitely served as a great, creative warm-up 😊 2y
TheAromaofBooks I saw your comment on my post from this morning - apparently Litsy didn't tag me for these so I'm so sorry that I missed them!!! I love your list!!! 2y
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Librariana
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Here is my #independentbookstoreday haul, y'all... and it looks like a couple of other books that weren't on my list somehow managed to sneak in.

Oops? ?‍♀️

• The tagged title is one I've been curious about for YEARS and it was there so... yeah
• The Other Americans is part of our "2020 Spokane is Reading Diverse Voices" booklist and
• I've... neverreadAnneofGreenGables... ??? I know! I know! Don't judge me too harshly!

squirrelbrain Oops indeed. But what are you supposed to do when they just jump into your arms - reject them?! 2y
ChaoticMissAdventures I loved Book of M. When it first came out I shoved it on everyone I knew. I hope you enjoy it!! (And I have also never read Anne of Green Gables, it feels like a lonely club 😀) 2y
Librariana @squirrelbrain - Absolutely not! I would never! ??? I'm more than happy to give them a good home. Plus! I am very tempted to participate, for the first time I might add, in September's "Bookspin Bingo" and put all these titles in the mix for consideration. Encourage/motivate myself to read them NOW vs. adding them to my TBR and then ignoring them for other titles. ??? 2y
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Librariana @ChaoticMissAdventures - It gives me SUCH a good feeling to know that this was something you were enthusiastically 'shoving' at everyone you knew... know... y'know what I mean ?? And I am delighted to be in great company at the "I've never read Anne of Green Gables" club. Yay us!! 2y
Librariana @ChaoticMissAdventures - (cont'd.) Three reasons I'm hoping to finally pick it up: 1) the quote about October; 2) co-workers feeling I need to rectify this oversight; and 3) because I want to eventually read (and feel like it might give some context) 2y
squirrelbrain Oh yes, go for it with #bookspinbingo. I was a latecomer and now I love it - even though I won‘t get a bingo this month! 2y
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Samara_Kipnis
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
Mehso-so

I‘m waiting to hear my siblings‘ thoughts on this from our book club, but in the meantime, here are mine:
- detailed plot
- intriguing concept
- theme of identity being fluid was fairly well thought-out
- I wish the author went into more detail about the magic, how people lost their shadows, and spent more time exploring what was happening rather than tying together various components she introduced.

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Samara_Kipnis
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd

Hemu & the amnesiac (page 175) ❤️

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Samara_Kipnis
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Book Club book #4 🙌

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Gabe_The_Reader
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd
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Genre: Novel, Science Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Dystopian Fiction
Date Started: February 10th, 2020
Date Completed: March 29th, 2020
How did you choose this book: Given to me as a Christmas gift, I asked for a gift card and a book but I ended up receiving a book only. Ain‘t complaining though.
Who was the protagonist; Orlando “Ory” Zhang

485 Pages = 2 Books

Gabe_The_Reader Write a brief summary of the novel; Orlando “Ory” Zhang and his wife, Max find themselves in a world where people without shadows begin to appear. These people called “shadowless” begin to lose their memories and society begins to decline. As them and other characters try and survive this new world they begin to face the problems of this dangerous new world where one‘s shadow and memories can disappear at any moment.
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Gabe_The_Reader What was his/her problem and how was the problem resolved? Ory‘s wife, Max suddenly disappears and Ory must find his shadowless wife whose memory begins to fade. Ory hopes to find his wife and bring her to New Orleans where there is said be a potential cure.
3y
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Smrloomis
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Mehso-so

Hmmm, this was between a pick and a so-so for me. I liked the last few chapters but felt too much of the forgetting was drawn out and spelled out unnecessarily. Maybe I‘m just impatient at the moment. Would definitely read something else by this author - but not a second book in this world.

Bette Boy, you summed it up. I wouldn't read a sequel either. I was excited to read it but somewhere along the way it just wasn't enough or maybe too much. But it didn't live up to the hype. 3y
Smrloomis @Bette yeah, I was disappointed. I hope she writes another book but I don‘t want to spend more time in this one 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
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Smrloomis
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I‘m 2/3 of the way through and honestly this is just dragging on and on. Some plot points are belabored and I‘m worried this is going to have an unsatisfying ending 🤨 #bookwormproblems

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Smrloomis
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“Marathi, the local dialect”? Shouldn‘t that be language? That strikes me as wrong. Feel free to weigh in on this one my fellow Littens. 🤔 Oh also, I don‘t know if I‘m going to like this one. So far the premise is ok but I‘m not as sure about the execution. 🤞🏽

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Apparently Marathi has more than one dialect (like there's Standard Marathi, and then others) so I guess that works? 3y
Lindy Linguist John McWorter tackled the issue of language versus dialect in the August 6, 2019 episode of his Lexicon Valley podcast. There isn‘t a straightforward answer, unfortunately. 3y
Smrloomis @MommyWantsToReadHerBook maybe that is what the author meant but I feel like s/he should have written “the local dialect of Marathi”? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
Smrloomis @Lindy hmm, I will have to look that podcast up, thanks. I still say that anything with millions of speakers should probably just be called a language - as far as I know it has a standardized written form too - but perhaps it‘s not that clear cut. 3y
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valeriegeary
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Can I be honest? I'm really struggling to stay interested in this one. I'm having trouble understanding the rules of the world and how the missing shadows work, and I keep hoping for more explanation but it's not coming, and thus I'm having trouble suspending my disbelief. I like Naz and Max's storyline though. I'm also buddy reading this and feel like I can't quit on it. It's harder to DNF a book when you're reading with friends. 😌

Tamra That is true! But if it was my buddy, I would rather they DNF it than suffer. 3y
LiteraryinLawrence Did your friends finish it yet? If so, maybe they can tell you if it‘s going to pick up or if the beginning is an accurate representation. I agree with @Tamra that I would be fine with someone else bailing after giving it a try! Life‘s too short! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
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TheFaeWays
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This book was absolutely amazing. I tag it for the #readingwomenchallenge and it was amazing. Shepherd is a brilliant and compelling writer and I can't recommend this book enough. A solid mystery, love story, fantastic tale.

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TheFaeWays
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Princess Ava wants to join me in recommending the Book of M by the indomitable Peng Shepard. She can't stop touching it!

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JulAnna
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My reading spot for the week! 😎

SamanthaMarie That looks lovely ♡ 3y
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Nebklvr
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A book about individual and collective memory. How memories are individual and shared and the differences between them. This novel was terrifying, sad, and intensely thoughtful.

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Milena
The Book of M: A Novel | Peng Shepherd

I'm reading the book and listening to the audio version at the same time. I'm enjoying the audio experience more than reading. The multiple narrators and accents are brining the story to life in a cool way. I picked this up because of all of the comparisons to Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. So far, I'm digging it!

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TheLibrarian
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#kindledeal alert!! I really enjoyed this post-apocalyptic book.

BibliOphelia I happy grabbed this via #BookBub today! 3y
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Amanda61
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Feeling a bit torn on if this one is a pick or so-so. The premise sounds wonderful, but wasn't executed in a wonderful way. Going with "pick" based on a few really strong moments in the plot along with some of the thought provoking concepts discussed in it.

Also, I've been on a bit of reading hiatus (life's been crazy!) and could really use a phenomenonal, "pick me up after a crappy winter" book right now. Any suggestions??

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TheSpineView
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#SpringIntoSpring @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88
#forget

In this book people loose their shadow and begin forgetting who they are.

Pricel101 Look forward to your review! I liked this one!! 3y
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JPeterson
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Panpan

Whelp, that was a struggle. What seemed to be such an interesting premise was actually quite a slog to get through. I was incredibly bored throughout, and honestly should have bailed but was optimistic something interesting would happen. It didn‘t. 😩

Owlizabeth I‘m glad I bailed on this one... 3y
valeriegeary Oh no! I'm still going to give this one a go but am bummed it didn't work for you. 🙈 3y
JPeterson @valeriegeary I hope it works for you! I saw a few reviews that they loved it, I just never got that magic. 😊 3y
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Kimbono
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Next up: The Book of M. Gus & I are doing a buddy read.

TheBee ♥️♥️♥️ 4y
rretzler Gus looks so much like our cat J‘zargo! 😻 3y
Kimbono @rretzler And Gus likes to fetch like J‘zargo! 😻 3y
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rretzler Very cool! I wonder if Gus might be part Bombay like we think J‘zargo must be? 3y
Kimbono @rretzler Either that or part otter 😂 He has a cute snout and wiggles around on his back while rubbing his paws together. So cute! 3y
rretzler Too funny! J‘zargo also loves to wiggle around on his back, and loves to have his belly petted! But no rubbing his paws together, sadly. 😂 3y
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Whatthebook
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mandapants
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Been a while since I've lost myself in one of these. Just starting this one. Hope it sucks me right all the way in.

MCYmermaid Good luck. I found this to be more of a slow burn — YMMV. 4y
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EllieDottie
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This is a little late but these are my favorite books of 2018!
10. The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark
9. The Fifth Season by N K Jemisin
8. She Would be King by Wayetu Moore
7. Japanese Destroyer Captain by Tameichi Hara
6. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
4. A Mother‘s Reckoning by Sue Klebold
3. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
And the Book of M as #1! 🍾🎊🎉

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GivenLemons
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A beautiful and sad and brutal book. It examines memory and connections, and fear and humanity at its most lost. It has a hopeful end though.

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AKwaz
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Pickpick

I loved it! Such an interesting concept, twists that I definitely was not expecting, and a story that had me refusing to put the book down until I was done. Memories are definitely a precious thing.

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SpookyBoogie
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I haven't been this excited about a book in some time. It's perfection so far.

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ReadingEnvy
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Mehso-so

This novel of apocalypse and memory had interesting characters, but I felt it was too long and really suffered from a lack of explanation of how the abilities work. I need more reality in my apocalypse. But I went ahead and finished it since it is on the Tournament of Books longlist.
(Also hi. I'm hoping to finish up SEVERAL books over the holiday.)

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RealLifeReading
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Yesterday‘s breakfast of homemade waffles (well they were made last week then frozen!) was far more exciting than today‘s toast. But this book still reads great no matter what the eating is. A fascinating premise of a world in which shadows disappear and people begin to forget.

RadicalReader @RealLifeReading waffles are forever wonderful love the convenience of being able to reheat them and they still taste just as good if not better than before 4y
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juliegumdrop
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October wrap up. I‘m looking at everyone here who has read a ton of books, wow. I‘m impressed. Light reading month for me. #octoberwrapup #monthlywrapup #keepingitreal

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A pretty cool end of the world story. I liked how the focus of the story shifted as the reader learned more. Good apocalypse and good world building.

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EmilyM
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Pickpick

This book was SO good! A young man in India loses his shadow. It spreads...as people lose their shadows, they begin to lose their memories, yet they gain a kind of magical ability. The book is told in alternating pov's: a husband, his wife, one of whom loses their shadow, and an amnesiac who actually lost his memory legitimately in an accident. Their stories converge as they come together to try to survive in this new world. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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juliegumdrop
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#currentlyreading this weird story about the end of memory

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Booksnchill
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Heads up- this is 1.99 on ereaders today!!!

jpmcwisemorgan Yes, I got this one! 4y
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TheLibrarian
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#kindledeal on this great dystopian novel where people‘s shadows begin to disappear.

scowler1 That's well worth two bucks. 4y
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scowler1
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An original piece of madness, I'll say that. I loved the beginning and the shadow concept but it got progressively crazier as the story developed. Good characters and a very imaginative plot but I got a bit lost somewhere in there.

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Geeklet
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Pickpick

The premise of the novel was far more interesting than the actual execution but this was a very fun debut book. People around the world begin to lose their shadows and slowly, lose their memories. As they lose their memories, the gain the ability to alter the world around them. I love the idea of this book and I found it incredibly unique. The story stalls in the middle but the beginning and ending are well paced.