Wednesday 14 October 2020

FEVER DREAM by Samanta Schweblin


Fever DreamFever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, that was quite a trippy and very interesting ride!

This is a book I've had my eye on for several years. A few weeks ago, I actually found a copy in one of our local Street Libraries and was so excited.

Amanda isn't feeling well. She's suffering through a fever dream that has a young boy whispering in her ear while trying to remember what happened to her...

Wow. Okay. Very cool.

I grabbed this novella after our walk and read it in one sitting. Not because of the length, but because I couldn't put it down. It's so addictive, and I found myself falling head-first into this enigmatic dream.

On the surface, this story seems to be about a woman's quest to figure out what happened to her. But it's about SO much more! It's also about the kind of maternal love that grips a woman so tightly they're willing to do whatever it takes to help their child. Even if it's wrong and has really bad consequences. It's also a pretty serious ecological horror story that echoes some awful and terrifying things happening in this horrid world of ours.

But most of all, it's a well written, surreal story with a mystery you just can't wait to figure out. And what a hellish ride sorting through memories can turn out to be.

As much as this feels like a suffocating and toxic living nightmare able to pull you under so strongly until the reader gets confused, if you pay attention to the narrative, everything comes together in the end. And makes total sense.

Also enjoyed the very creepy vibes.

So glad I finally read this very clever novella! 

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