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3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  846 Ratings  ·  186 Reviews
When you open your eyes things already seem to be happening without you. You don't know who you are and you don't remember where you've been. You know the world has changed, that a catastrophe has destroyed what used to exist before, but you can't remember exactly what did exist before. And you're paralyzed from the waist down apparently, but you don't remember that either ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Tor Books (first published April 1st 2012)
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Apr 18, 2012 karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-end

that should be my whole review. untainted by pictures and whatever nonsense i usually spew. this book is clean and taut and deserves a review untouched by nonsense and gimmicry.

and i will try to give this book what it deserves.


this is my second book by evenson, and the second to take place in a ruined, barren wasteland. his spare prose lends itself so well to this landscape. but "spare" doesn't mean there isn't anything going on here.

how can a book this short, with its ripped-from-the-t
Jan 29, 2015 Brian rated it it was amazing
What happens when the world ends in a bang not a whimper and the addled remnant arrive on the scene with their prison features and force a protagonist into a role he's not even sure isn't a dream he's inhabiting? Evenson happens, baby. Evenson.
May 09, 2016 Panagiotis rated it really liked it
Ο Έβενσον είναι ένας συγγραφέας που κατάφερε να με κερδίσει ολοκληρωτικά με τα Last Days και Open Curtain. Όχι τόσο για την αναγνωστική τέρψη που μου προσέφεραν, όσο για την απόλαυση να διαβάζω έναν συγγραφέα που δυνητικά θα μπορούσε να γράψει βιβλία που θα ικανοποιήσουν πάμπολλες προσδοκίες μου: έχει χαρακτήρα, έχει όραμα, η θεματολογία του συμπίπτει με τις αγαπημένες θεματικές που ψάχνω, η γραφή του δεν απευθύνεται σε ανόητους δίχως από την άλλη να πέφτει σε κομπασμούς και επιδειξιομανία.

Jun 29, 2013 Annet rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalyptic, dark, weird
I spotted this book via goodreads. I really like the recommendations they do here on the basis of what you're reading. I think I was reading 'Sleepless', when this book was recommended. A book which will probably never be in the bookstores in Europe, so got it online, being curious by the story outline I got here. A weird apocalyptic story, cool out-of-the-box story too. How can a writer make something like this wonder It's different from a lot of other books in the same genre, of cours ...more
Aug 14, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
4.5 Stars

Immobility by Brian Evenson is a fantastic piece of post apocalyptic fiction. This is my second read of an Evenson novel so I already considered myself a fan. After finishing this book, I am going to quickly grab up more of his works.

I have to say that as I started reading this book I was blown away with how much I felt that this would be a perfect story in Hugh Howey's Wool series, a post apocalyptic series that should not be missed. Immobility would fit perfectly into that world and
Jan 29, 2015 Josh rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015

"We're a curse, a blight," said Rykte. First we gave everything names and then we invented hatred. And then we made the mistake of domesticating animals -- almost as big a mistake as that of discovering fire. It's only one step from there to slavery, and once you think of humans as animals, we become a disposable commodity, war a commonplace. Add in a dominant religion that preaches end of the world and holy books that have been used to justify atrocity after atrocity, and you're only a
Every once in a while you stumble across a book which surpasses all your expectations. 'Immobility' is one such book.

I mean, here you have, the much used trope of a post-apocalyptic scenario (although, I must admit that PA is one of my favorite sub-genres and I would read even a mediocre book if it's classified as PA fiction) with your usual wastelands, radiation and the always present hunger for food and all other things which are common in a book of such type.

But the “commonness” ends there.
Noir character edge, apocalyptic tone, Marx Brothers meets Beckett (if they are at all different) dialogue, comic but sinister duos, stark prose, identity and reality in doubt, and probing moral questions are all present and mark Immobility as both a representative and a thoroughly accomplished example of what one our best writers, Brian Evenson, does. This is his take on the post-apocalyptic genre and it is lighter in language and tone then his previous venture (the beautiful and singular Dark ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
Where were you all my life, Brian Evenson?

It's going to seem to you guys like I don't read critically whatsoever, but I swear I'm just going through a patch of really great books. IMMOBILITY is a post-apocalyptic messianic allegory. It's brilliant because it doesn't attract attention to itself since the protagonist is the messiah in question. It's emotionally and intellectually brutal and manages to distance himself from the torrents of post-apocalyptic fiction out there by making the ragtag bun
Listened 5/29/14 - 6/2/14
5 Stars - Highly Recommended / The Next Best (Audio)Book - A kickass audiobook if ever there was one / Get yer Post Apoc fix on now, Biatches.
6 1/2 hours audio download
Publisher: AudioGo
Released: 2012

Audiobooks are strange animals. The story could be well written, the plot could be interesting, the characters engaging, but if the voice of the narrator grates on me; if their pacing is off; if they overly, painfully enunciate, the darn thing won't stand a chance.

For me, e
Mar 09, 2012 Cheryl rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Immobility. Yeah, I'm suffering it right now. My feelings are all over the place. I can't even handle what I just read. That ending! I'm done. It's over. I will never be the same again. Brian Evenson, you talented writer, you have thrown me outside with no hazard suit. I'm dead.

Josef Horkai had been in storage, but he's about to get a nasty wake up call. Rasmus and his community of dying humans need Horkai's help in retrieving a mystery package that was stolen from them. The mission is simple. T
Apr 24, 2013 Eddie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-best, mind-fuck
this is 'good horror' to me.. futureistic... dystopia'ish...

just absolutely utterly mindfuckingly numbishly wow..

I have a confession my friends...

This is actually the second book I have read by Evenson. For whatever reason/major oversight. I have never reviewed/rated Last Days

I will review it tommorow.. and I give you fair warning. It will absolutely fanboyish, but omg for all the right reasons... so fair warning....

Andrew Stone
May 27, 2017 Andrew Stone rated it it was amazing
The ending to this book is spectacular. Completely perfect. Evenson's psychological horror is simultaneously the best and the worst experience.
Feb 15, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it
“What’s in these?” asked Horkai, more as a way to slow Mahonri down than out of any real curiosity.

“Records,” said Mahonri. He stopped, turned around. “What we have here is the history of the human race, a record of births and deaths for hundreds and hundreds of years.”

“Why?” asked Horkai.

“What do you mean, why?” Mahonri responded. “Humanity is important. All these things must be preserved so that, when the time comes, humanity shall know what it has been, is, and will be.”

“When the time comes f
May 01, 2013 Phil rated it it was ok
The only reason I didn't put this book down after the prologue, which only had about two complete sentences in it, was because the plot itself kept me asking more questions. I wanted to know more. I wanted to know what was going on, what had already happened, and what was going to happen.

Unfortunately, the story never really delivered. Finally, at the end, the reader starts to get some answers, starts to get an inkling of what's going on. But there was too much left unexplained. I don't mind fi
Apr 30, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
I did a big, fat review of this book at the Los Angeles Review of Books. Go check it out:

"IN 2010 A CLEVER BLOG titled the Imaginary Library posted covers, jacket copy, and blurbs for books that did not actually exist. The April 5, 2010 entry was for a bleak, post-apocalyptic detective novel, Immobility by Brian Evenson. In an odd case of art imitating art then becoming art, the description of the fake book caught the eye of an editor at Tor books, who then encouraged Evenson to write the real b
G. Brown
Dec 11, 2012 G. Brown rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of post-apocalytic fiction, fans of Evenson
This book snuck up on me. It wasn't until the 2nd complete reading that I really fell in love with the story. Initially, I felt it was one of Evenson's more mundane books. But after it sunk in, this is a really well done book that extends well beyond the borders of its pages. The world set up here is so hauntingly believable that I wouldn't half be surprised to wake up thawed out in this dystopia and sent on a quest without the use of my legs. There's really a lot of heart in it AND it's a total ...more
Sep 13, 2013 Ishan rated it really liked it
I have to say that Brian Evenson is an author to look forward to.
This book starts with a character Horkai being awakened from storage after a long time to procure a storage tank needed by "the community" or "the hive" as they call it. But the problem is he is being paralyzed from the waist down and coudn't remember what had led him to that situation and therefore he is confused and sometimes questions his own judgement. To accompany him are two "mules"(they may be human) qatik and qanik. i ende
Apr 23, 2012 Mike rated it liked it
Some books have a distinct message. Some books are just out to have fun. Some books are just out to tell an interesting story. In my experience more often than not novels with a dystopian and frequently post-apocalyptic aspect tend to borrow heavily from that first goal. A Canticle for Leibowitz looks at the inevitability of mankind's self destruction, Earth Abides looks at the removal of social barriers and shift of historical memory over time, Level 7 looks at the notion of mutually assured de ...more
May 21, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it
Weirdly of a type with _Cosmos Incorporated_, which I panned a while back. Some sort of spy/killer/thug wakes up in a dystopian future, with no memory and a Slavic-sounding name... Unlike _CI_, this book is short, to the point, and readable. (And not about a Plotkin.) Really it feels like a short story in structure, or maybe a novella -- I am unclear on the structural differences there -- not a novel, is my point. You get a scenario (grim) and a punchy resolution (brutal). It would make a terrif ...more
Tim Niland
May 11, 2012 Tim Niland rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Josef Horkai is woken from cryogenic deep-freeze into a life he can scarcely recognize. The world has been irrevocably altered by a cataclysm known as "the kollaps" and the human race has been reduced to scattered groups or "hives" trying to scratch out an existence from a ruined Earth. Horkai is paralyzed from the waist down, but is told by the mysterious group leader Rasmus that he must go on a mission out into the radioactive wasteland in search of a mysterious cylinder that has been taken by ...more
May 27, 2016 Stephen rated it liked it
Josef Horkai is awoken from cryogenic storage to find and return something that has been stolen from those who awaken him. Because he can’t remember who he is nor how he came to be in this place, he cannot decide for most of the novel whether he is truly awake or simply conjuring a dream. Who tasks a paraplegic with a quest to save humanity?

Horkai is taken out into a devastated world where humans are struggling to survive. He has been transformed into something no longer human. Evenson then asks
Jul 15, 2016 Nomadman rated it it was amazing
I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this. Part post-apocalyptic novel, part existentialist treaty, part Kafka-esque nightmare, it is, in its essence, an utterly original work and one of the finest pieces of weird fiction I've read in years.

If you've read Evenson before you'll sort of know what to expect, lots of weirdness, lots of disorientation, razor sharp prose and a wicked sense of humor that's several shades darker than black. Immobility raises all this to truly nightmarish lev
Steve Owen
Jan 27, 2013 Steve Owen rated it it was amazing
All of Brian's work is "philosophical," but Immobility is his first book that I think is working like a traditional philosophical novel works: an overt investigation into a philosophical problem, here the problem of the human and "humanism." Whereas Brian's work is typically critical, skeptical, or destructive to normative power -- and all of that is still here -- Immobility actually explores the "positive" side of skeptical thought: what it means, or could be, to be posthuman. Brian's so intell ...more
Oct 20, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
Thanks to Sharon for recommendation.
This is an excellently crafted stunner of the post apocolyptic genre.
It is lean and mean - very heavy on the mean.
The narrative drives relentlessly along a physical and metaphorical journey of our protagonist, who is also physically and metaphorically hobbled.
Many questions are asked along the way - about purpose, sacrifice, justification, deceit and ultimately about the nature of humanity and survival.
It is well worth a read.
Mar 16, 2012 Kaitlin rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Immobility threw my head for a loop.

Who's a friend and who's an enemy?

Who the hell are the "brothers"?

Who was that in the Senate Court?

I can't get it out of my head. The narration was fantastic, the story behind Horkai was intriguing, and the end a mystery. This was a good read, but I still have so many questions....
Enjoyed this post-apocalyptic sci-fi novella about the struggles of humans in dealing with and coming back from a devastating destruction of the world, that raises many questions about humanity itself.
Kyle Muntz
Mar 25, 2015 Kyle Muntz rated it it was amazing
Wrote another long review (which is also a meditation on Evenson's other books and the question of how to "play a genre straight" while still writing a good book), so looks like this one will also be up at Entropy.

I'll actually start posting these full reviews I've been writing soon, I swear!
Carlos Lavín
There are two main components that make this book the awesomefest that it was. And yes, I'm feeling generous enough to be talking about both of them.

The first component is the obvious one, the post-apocalyptic setting to the novel. The world has basically become a barren nuclear wasteland (guess who we need to thank for that) and it appears that the few remaining human groups are living in sheltered underground communities that are able to leave the radiation out. This setting is described wonde
Apr 24, 2013 Bracton rated it it was ok
Crossposted from:

Brian Evenson's Immobility is an odd little trifle of a novel that spends its whole time hinting at bigger and frankly more interesting ideas while telling an extremely straightforward story. The entire book is, in essence, a single fetch quest. The protagonist, Josef Horkai, wakes up from cryogenic storage without any memory of his past and is told to cross a toxic post-apocalyptic landscape to retrieve a mysterious red cylinder by what
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