The Book Of M: A Novel by Peng ShepherdThe Book Of M: A Novel by Peng Shepherd

The Book Of M: A Novel

byPeng Shepherd

Paperback | June 5, 2018

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"Eerie, dark, and compelling, [The Book of M] will not disappoint lovers of The Passage (2010) and Station Eleven (2014)." --Booklist


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 man’s shadow disappears—an 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 Max’s 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.

Title:The Book Of M: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.99 inPublished:June 5, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006285979X

ISBN - 13:9780062859792

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful.... Enthralling read.....really makes you question yourself.....
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I believed the hype. Usually this sort of book would peak my interest, but this book fell short. It was not beautifully written, if it had been perhaps I would have enjoyed it more. It was a page turner for awhile but then became a page turner because I simply wanted it to end. It was far too earnest for my liking as well.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written This is one the best books I've read in a long time. Unique concept and beautifully written. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous book I loved it! Gripping, intriguing, fantastic! Three words to describe this book. This book was seriously amazing! I loved how it was very intriguing from the very beginning and draws you into the unknown and unfathomable, into a world where nothing is at it seems and the in-seemingly possible is possible. It was beautifully written and I loved Shepherd's style of writing. The pages turned themselves and I found myself not wanting to put it down as I wanted to know what would happen next. Full of mystery and surprises, you can't help but feel a whole bunch of emotions for all the characters in the book. And can I mention that cover! Oh my gosh the cover to this book is simply amazing!! I love it. This book takes place in a futuristic world and mostly follows the two main characters, married couple Ory and his wife Max. One day on the news it is reported that a man in India has lost his shadow. No one knows why or how it happened, or what it means, but it is a strange phenomenon that mystifies everyone. Slowly the news spreads around the world, leaving most people scared and confused. Until the phenomenon spreads and countries begin shutting down their borders, leaving inhabitants quarantined. No one is allowed to enter or leave the country. The people who have lost their shadows have strange things happen to them that cannot be explained. They seems to gain powers, but it comes at an unthinkable cost. Their memories start to fade. Some people touched by this plague and lose their shadow lose their memories quite quickly, while others seem to lose their memories more slowly, and are desperate to hold onto their memories. If you realized one day that your shadow had suddenly disappeared, what would you do? What would you be willing to give up to remember and hold onto your precious memories? The world as they know it is no more. Chaos erupts and people are scared and more and more lose their shadows and their memories. No one knows how to help. No one knows how to stop others from losing their memories or their shadows and people are frightened. Buildings are destroyed, homes are wiped out, electricity is wiped out and food is becoming scarce. People are robbing and killing others for food and shelter. The whole world is chaotic. Ory and Max both have their shadows. Then one day Max loses her shadow. They both know that once her memories start to fade away she will become more and more dangerous; But so far she has all of her memories. How long will she have until her memories begin to fade? One day while Ory is out gathering supplies, Max runs away to try to save Ory from herself and sparing him from having to watch her deteriorate like this. When Ory returns home he is devastated to learn that Max has run away. How could she do this to him. They promised one another to not abandon the other. You will experience many emotions reading this book. I know I certainly did. I had hopes that Ory would be able to find Max one day and they would both be ok. The story continues from both Ory and Max's points of view. Max as she has run away and her journey to where she is running, and Ory on his path to try to find Max, the love of his life.  Will Max manage to get where she is going with her memories intact? Will Ory be able to find Max before she forget him and it is too late?
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enthralling debut If you enjoy reading about the 'what ifs' in the world then you will probably like this book. The premise circulates around losing your shadow and then your memories and begs the question: who are we without our memories?? Written with a decent blend of twists and suspense including a diverse collection of quirky characters.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Who are we without our memories? The Book of M uses a simple premise: sometime in the future, the population is afflicted by “The Forgetting” – a phenomenon where people lose their shadows, and with that their memories. It seems like a far-fetched idea, but as the story unravels, it becomes (almost) believable that this could be a reality. What are the memories you hold dear? Who are we without our memories? Peng Shepherd’s writing is beautiful and conjures up images of what this world is like for the very relatable and diverse cast of characters. It is light on the sci-fi and fantastical elements, has some thrilling suspense and action, and has broad appeal as it really is an encompassing novel on the relationships we form and the memories we make (and lose). I love dystopian literary novels - Never Let Me Go and Station Eleven are some of my favourites. The Book of M fares well in comparison and is definitely one of the most unforgettable debuts I have read in a while.
Date published: 2018-06-05

Editorial Reviews

“Captivating...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.”