The Suicide Collectors
In Oppegaard's dystopian world, the entire planet has been gripped by an epidemic called The Despair. Ninety percent of the Earth's population has committed suicide in the past five years since the "disease" started to spread, leaving the remaining survivors left to deal with the crumbling society and the most ominous force of all -- the Suicide Collectors, shrouded figu...more
Well, I waited too long to write this to remember all the details of my complaints, but this basically felt like a mostly-tolerable first effort.
The nature of the apocalypse is never adequately explained, and while that might be fine in some cases — allegorical, or magical realism, or somesuch — it really didn't work here...more
It’s set in a future in which the apocalypse took the form of “The Despair,” an overwhelming urge among 90 percent of the world’s population to commit suicide. Our hero, Norman, and his wife are managing to survive in a slowly dwindling Florida community, when she finally gives into the suicidal despair that’s...more
The part like The Road: 1. a world where most of its inhabitants are dead. 2. A cross country road trip to find a population. 3. Marauders and crazy people. Where it fails: Cormac McCarthy was so visual in his storytelling that I felt like I was there. The Suicide Collectors starts off well with its visualization but about half way through it gets lazy with its description.
The part like The Hap...more
The writing was good, it made me want to keep reading. The descriptions were enough to paint a picture, but they weren't overdone and tiring. Initially I liked that the author let his readers figure things out on their own and didn't give everything away. By the end of the story, I had plenty o...more
Refreshingly, the author does not feel obliged to...more
It felt like there were a few continui...more
As others have said, how...more
With that said, when I began this book the journey really gripped me. I was enthralled - enthralled, like I'd never b...more
The basics of the plot: There's this great sadness, almost like a disease, spreading over the world and causing people to commit suicide. A lot of people. Like 90% of the world. Of course, there are some survivors, and they make a pilgrimage of sorts.
The story clips along, and it's like reading a good zombie book or post-apocalypse story. What's nice and different is that the author doesn't make every person into a complete asshole, which is unusual...more
I was a little disappointed by how the prose tried to make the author's voice seem weak or diminished. By this I mean that anybody can tell he cared...more
The Suicide Collectors, David Oppegaard’s debut novel, is set in a near future world decimated by mass suicide via a plague dubbed The Despair. In the ashes of this future world enigmatic men and women have begun collecting the suicide victims for unknown purpose. Feared and rivaled by the remaining populous only one man, Florida native Norman, makes a stand to protect the body of his dead wife, killing one of the Collectors in the process. What follows is a whirlwind trip...more
Reviewers were intrigued by the setup of Oppegaard's story and reasonably satisfied with the conclusion. The device of the Despair, they wrote, allows the author to use the best element of the postapocalyptic genre while keeping the story fresh. Critics were also clearly affected by the images that populate Oppegaard's sorrowful world: not just the grim gallery of ways people kill themselves but the many strategies they develop to deal with the aftermath. While no reviewer was completely happy w...more
In terms of exposition as to what is actually going on in this novel is kind of comic-bookish, but it would have gotten five stars fro...more
This book had potential from the start, but a distorted ending ruined it for me. I can usually take a average or bad ending but this book goes beyond my limits of acceptance. I give it three stars for the start of the book where we can see ideas about relationships and society as well as the human desire and we see Norman grow as a person but I would have to agree with others in saying that the authors seemed to get tired of...more