S. by J. J. AbramsS. by J. J. Abrams


byJ. J. Abrams, Doug Dorst

Hardcover | October 29, 2013

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The chronicle of two readers finding each other, and their deadly struggle with forces beyond their understanding--all within the margins of a book conceived by Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and written by award-winning novelist Doug Dorst.

The book: Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V.M. Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched onto a disorienting and perilous journey.

The writer: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world's greatest mysteries, a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumors that swirl around him.

The readers: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they're willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts, and fears.

S. contains 22 inserts and will be delivered in a sealed slipcase.
Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker J.J. Abrams has produced, directed, or written films and television shows including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fringe, Lost, Alias, Felicity, Star Trek, Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible, and more. Doug Dorst teaches writing at Texas State University. He is the author of the PEN/Hemingway-nominated novel ...
Title:S.Format:HardcoverDimensions:472 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.75 inPublished:October 29, 2013Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316201642

ISBN - 13:9780316201643

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from terrible! worst book ive ever read. its unreadable.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Re-read value? 10/10 Honestly, this book is one of the biggest treasures in my book collection. The idea was unique and meticulously executed, and the experience was inspiring. I can understand how some may find it hard to read because there are multiple narratives in parallel, but the blend of mystery and romance kept them in harmony. As a former literature student, I appreciate J. J. Abram's nod to literary studies and if there is one con to this book, it's that it has made me into a picky(-er) reader!
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice to look at, awful to read I'm a big fan of JJ Abrams so when I heard he was coming out with a book I was excited! I bought it and now, years later, I still haven't finished it. It's a lovely book - so many moving pieces, so creative, it even smells old (think: books from the library!). But I had such a hard time reading it and the main story itself was so-so. I would say it's great as a collectible but not if you want to actually read something.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The idea was better than the actual story S is a hard book to define. Which made this review kind of hard to write... S is actually three semi-interlinked stories: the actual novel Ship of Theseus, the conversation and eventual romance between the readers writing to each other in the margins, and the mystery of the identity of the author and his editor. Everyone seems to have a different way of reading the book. I decided to read a chapter of the novel (along with the footnotes), then go back and read the notes in the margins and inserts contained in that chapter. Some readers go even further and read the margin notes in a certain order based on ink colour, but I didn't bother. Reading it this way worked pretty well - I was able to keep track of each storyline without issues. Ship of Theseus was well written and entertaining. It read like an enduring classic - which I guess was the point. I would have happily read just the novel on it's own. The romance story in the margins was interesting but kind of petered off as the book went on - as if they weren't sure where to go with it. The mystery of the author and his editor was the most interesting out of all three stories - it really is what kept me engaged through the whole book. Unfortunately, all three threads seemed a bit light on actual story, and really could have used further development. The book was also chock full of curios  - letters, photos and documents used to try and solve the mystery. I absolutely loved that part of the whole experience. The curios were detailed and very realistic at times - it made it all very immersive. Really, S is more of an experience rather than just a book to read, and it is the biggest selling feature of the book. It's just unfortunate that more effort wasn't taken to create a more solid story to accompany it. Would I read S again? I hesitate to say yes - it wasn't a light or simple read and took forever to get through. Would I recommend it to others? Yeah. Even with my low review rating, I think I'd still encourage others to check it out. 2.5/5
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this concept! This book is so well designed that it actually makes you feel like you're in the story! It's a completely different way of reading, but I love getting to put myself into the story, yet in a way where I'm still observing
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from creativity at its finest a refreshingly complex journey
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Neat-o Very interesting concept and cleverly executed.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Patience is Key This books gives back what you are willing to put into it. It's uniquely put together, and there are many strategies you can try to read it. Make sure to find the way that works for you.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from woah i am a pretty big fan of j.j. abrams and his films, so to find he "directed" a novel is so cool, i will say this: be patient, and find the right way to read it for you, do some research if you have to, i found what best worked for me is to read the ship of theseus first and then went back to the beginning for the margin writing and bits and bobs within the pages, very cool concept,
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You gotta "read" this Just finished "reading" this "book". It's worth every penny. The most unique reading experience I've ever had. It's not just a story, it's a mystery, it's a mystery within a mystery. You need to be really patient with this book, because you will read it, then re-read it, then read it again. Then, you will be all over the internet reading blogs and tweets. One of the best reading experience!
Date published: 2016-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Unique and Special Book! This is a read like no other in the form of a used library book with a slew of curios stuffed within its pages. The mysterious story of S will mesmerize you while you follow the notations by two passionate academics on the side pages. This book is a tribute to all those rare books that one would one find on university bookshelves,. Amazing stuff!
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new book that will appeal to lovers of old books I spent most of my university days digging through libraries looking at old musty books... and I loved it. This book manages to capture that experience while giving you an interesting new piece of literature to read. The presentation of this idea is incredible, pages look as though they have been marked by two people writing in pen and there are inserts in the pages which look exactly as though some reader had slipped them in (including one where a map is drawn on an actual napkin). I love the story, both the novel itself and the second story contained in the notes between the two readers, but even if I didn't this book would be worth buying purely on the basis of aesthetics. 
Date published: 2014-01-04

Editorial Reviews

"Both as literature and as a physical object, S. is a profound and tremendous work of art."-The Miami Herald