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This haunting debut from a brilliant new voice is sure to be as captivating as it is controversial, a shocking look at the imminent collapse of American civilization—and what will succeed it.

In the aftermath of the switch from analog to digital TV, an anarchic movement known as Salvage hijacks the unused airwaves. Mixed in with the static’s random noise are dire warnings o
Paperback, 222 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Spectra (first published August 2010)
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
I need to buy a third copy of this book, because I keep giving it away.

The other reason is that this is a novel, right, but it really freaked me out. I started feeling that panicky feeling that I had during the gas shortage a year or so ago. What would I do if society really collapsed? Could I be violent if survival depended on it? Do I even have a plan to drink water beyond what I have in my pantry, much less securing my home and belongings and starting a new society with its own rules?

Phew. I
Charles Dee Mitchell
Oct 03, 2014 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary-sf
Without realizing it, Hiram and Levi had been in training for the Collapse most of their lives. They learned lessons in shop class, Boy Scouts, Renaissance Fairs, and all night sessions of Dungeons and Dragons. They began to receive instruction and train in earnest after television went all digital. On the unmonitored analog channels, 'Casters began sending out coded messages buried in the static, saying what to expect and how to prepare. Other messages were hidden in the wild style graffiti cov ...more
Samuel Snoek-Brown
Feb 14, 2012 Samuel Snoek-Brown rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommendations
This is a damn fine novel. But it's not an easy novel to enjoy. Regardless your politics, your morality, your sense of community or self, you will find something to feel uncomfortable about in this book. The main characters are very hard to like, making decisions that at times seem appallingly inhuman. There are no heroes in this book. But even though we encounter plenty of antagonists, there are no real villains either. And that, ultimately, is both the most unsettling and the most brilliant as ...more
Mitchel Broussard
This is one of those novels that thinks its brilliant and smart, and just makes itself sound even more dumb by the page. The great premise of hidden messages embedded in the old analog signals no one uses anymore since the switch to digital television, is really awesome, but it never GOES anywhere. That's it. Okay, there's something about a secret town being set up to begin civilization anew or some shit, but it being never really explained, I felt blocked out from the plot entirely. Most of thi ...more
Feb 02, 2011 zxvasdf rated it really liked it
The idea is really intriguing and frightening. Those of y'all who say you don't like it, I can understand it. I do. But it's obvious that the author's devoted considerable time into crafting a scenario in response to a socioeconomic fall. This is only one of the many possible approaches, but Bradley goes as far as to write an actual book outlining the steps to be taken as a reaction to said fall.

I think another writer could go onto a totally different direction with the analog waves piracy angle
David Pearce
Jun 08, 2011 David Pearce rated it really liked it
Great book - especially when you consider that what makes a young author's work good is exactly that it is flawed, it gives you a place to enter, to empathize with the writer, and - if you're like me - it gives you hope for your own promising but shitty writing. I've seen a lot of people complaining that the book never explains how the Event occurred. Ask me, that's one of the better parts of the book. Sometimes what's not written, what's omitted, is what makes great writing thrilling and suspen ...more
Meg Winkler
Feb 08, 2012 Meg Winkler rated it it was ok
I'm gonna tick some people off with this review. I'm sorry, I just couldn't get into this book. It feels like an English major who really tried to emulate Fight Club or something and it just rubs me wrong. I get the premise, I understand what the author was conveying, I just can't jive with it.

Actually, it feels like I'm missing something - like the author had something very introspective to say and it just didn't translate to the page well.

On the other hand, there are several people who really
Sep 06, 2010 Paul rated it really liked it
great book - fast read, engaging characters, ad, really what would *you* do in this situation? Sort of a "Clockwork Orange" and "Neuromancer" and the "Apocalypse" -- with all the fun, light comedy removed.
Feb 14, 2012 Berry rated it it was amazing
Let me tell you what Darin Bradley has achieved with Noise.

He's taken an Event, perhaps socio-political, definitely economic, in its scope and placed a pair of friends, Hiram and Levi, in medias res in their small Texas town. See, they've seen the writing on the walls--the wildstyle tagging along with the hacked analog transmission from the nebulous collective known as Salvage Country--and realized this is the End, friends. With a small band armed with information, weapons, and new names, they
Mar 17, 2011 Roxanne rated it really liked it
Noise was a fantastic read, and I disagree with the critics who want to know more details about the "event" in order to patch the narrative together. The thing is, it doesn't matter what "event" occurs. We're living in precarious times, and any number of shitty things could happen to topple over the foundations of our civilization. It's what you do (before and) after it happens that counts, and I think Noise does a great job of considering the intense moral crossroads without devolving into gore ...more
Nov 02, 2010 KWinks rated it liked it
A lot of thought went into this novel. I really did not like any of the characters, but to be fair, we were meeting them after a world ending event. I love the manifesto style of book within a book that shapes the story. I do wonder if there will be sequel, because the entire story is only two?three? days in the life of this group. I found Mary very interesting, Levi and Hiram had years to prepare for the event, Mary had minutes-and took to it like a duck to water.
I had some trouble keeping e
Fantasy Literature
Mar 15, 2015 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
Tell me if this doesn't sound like a dream come true for those who regularly visit survivalist forums: In the near-future, the United States experiences a collapse of its economic institutions, which leads to the collapse of every social institution mankind has built to function as a society. All order has been destroyed, and from now on your survival against the challenges of nature, both human and not, depends on nothing but yourself. The classical dog-eat-dog world is in session.

Hiram, the pr
Oct 12, 2014 Jefferson rated it it was ok
I found this book to be a page-turner, which is too bad because it is eminently pointless and chaotic. When I reflected upon how profoundly disappointed I was after finishing it, I thought it might be due to how banal the characters were and how meaningless the story was. I see in the interview attached to my copy that the author intended to convey this. So, I am left trying to understand why an obviously skilled author and teaching of creative writing would take the time to create such an inter ...more
Thomas Tanggaard
Nov 20, 2015 Thomas Tanggaard rated it it was ok
Med skiftet fra analog til digital radio efterlades hele frekvensflader døde - og det er på disse radiobånd, gruppen Salvage prædiker overlevelsestaktikker forud for et uundgåeligt økonomisk og socialt kollaps. Hiram og Levi er faste lyttere. De afventer landets endeligt og ved, de har ballasten til at klare sig i den nye verdensorden. Men har de nu også det? Noise handler om at opbygge og fastholde en ny socialstruktur, når den gamle forsvinder, og om at skabe et land fra bunden. Bradley arbejd ...more
Veach Glines
Dec 14, 2010 Veach Glines rated it did not like it
Poor use of "language" and difficult to get-into. Interesting premise. Bad writing. Think of THE ROAD only written by a kid who has no idea how to write a compelling character or a suspenseful plot.
Jul 20, 2012 Shamela rated it it was amazing


Especially, of course, if you're a fan of smart, dark, thoughtful, funny, scary dystopian/postapocalyptic/how are we gonna survive?? fiction.
Sep 04, 2010 Daniel rated it really liked it
An interesting dystopian novel about anarchy and societal collapse.
May 29, 2012 Brigid rated it did not like it

Couldn't stay with it.
João Eira
Sep 23, 2015 João Eira rated it really liked it

Tell me if this doesn’t sound like a dream come true for those who regularly visit survivalist forums: In the near-future, the United States experiences a collapse of its economic institutions, which leads to the collapse of every social institution mankind has built to function as a society. All order has been destroyed, and from now on your survival against the challenges of nature, both human and not, depends on nothing but yourself. The classical dog
Nice to run into this new author with a creative twist on the sci fi theme of surviving an apocalypse. A couple of male teens in a medium-sized Texas city participate in a diffuse survival cult called Salvage. They communicate plans of preparation for the coming breakdown of civil order in code, both over bulletin boards and unused analog TV channels. They collaboratively create a manual, a how-to guide that essentially blends a Boy Scout type of handbook with Machiavellian and anarchic principl ...more
Lianne Burwell
Aug 12, 2013 Lianne Burwell rated it liked it
Shelves: disaster
When I started reading this book, I wasn't sure I'd finish it. It took almost a third of the book for it to really kick in.

'Hiram' and 'Levi' having been hanging on to everything coming from 'Salvage', which is loose pirate stations using old television airwaves after all the official networks move to digital. The two have gone from D&D nerds to preppers, waiting for the breakdown of society, compiling their version of 'The Book', based on Salvage.

And then, the breakdown happens. And they ar
Mike Devine
The end of the world as we know it

This was a short but interesting look at how people might need to adapt to survive during a total economic breakdown of civilization. I found it somewhat difficult to situate myself in the novel at first, as the writing style can be pretty jarring, but eventually you start to see how it all comes together to paint a complete, and very disturbing, picture. It's a pretty bleak outlook, but an interesting one.
Nov 16, 2011 Chani rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Military rejects
I did not enjoy the writing style. It was schizophrenic and militant, and while this does probably fit the style of the novel, it was not something I enjoyed. I would have preferred characters a little bit less disturbed. Plus, the whole time I was unsure if all these things were really happening. I did step out of my enjoyed reading zone with this book, but it was just so all over the place, it didn't work. I also did not enjoy the random snippets from the main character's 'childhood.' They rea ...more
May 07, 2014 Kirkus rated it did not like it
This was like shifting through mud. There is a message if you wash the Words. Teenagers who are currently in their emo phase will probably like it since they can find meening in/connect to every Word. For me it was just a very bad book with very Little appeal.

I can for sure see that some people will rate this very highly, but if you dont enjoy it after the first 30 pages dont bother to read on.
Jan 19, 2016 Elna rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalyptic
Unlike any other "apocalyptic fiction" book I've read. In a unique, fresh choice, Noise details the events almost immediately after the collapse of society. The advice dispensed is sound, the actions and choices of the characters feel like they really have an impact, and the whole book is a breeze to get through.
Sep 26, 2014 Jaye rated it really liked it
This was another first novel, and it's a chilling look at the fall of a civilization, and the possible rise of another. The time is now, and the setting is a little town in Texas. An Event has caused the downfall of society as we know it, and a new order is rising from the ashes, directed by voices from the old analog television airwaves.
Sep 09, 2010 Eric rated it liked it
I am at once entralled to this book while being conflicted in my thoughts for this book.

It's essentially The Turner Diaries for Anarcho D&D Nerds and it was kind of exciting to see a survivalist screed turned on its head to represent collectivism and post-utopianism but then as I stopped reading it, and went back to think about it more, it seemed to fail in a few areas.

This is about the immediate aftermath rather than any sort of long term look at a post-collapse society and about the actio
Pamela (slytherpuff)
See more of my reviews at Bettering Me Up.

My thoughts are as jumbled as the plot of this novel. There was a lot of back-and-forth between previous events and the present time, which normally doesn't bother me, but it made this story difficult to follow.

If you don't know your Biblical and Mythological history, you're going to be lost. As I am a scholar of neither, I had to look up several of the references made.

Bradley has a unique way of weaving a story together, and if I hadn't been so confus
Nov 17, 2010 Karlo rated it really liked it
This was a harsh look at a potential response by small groups to the breakdown of civil society. The writting is terse, affecting and made me feel alternately upset or numb depending on the scene. I would suggest that this isn't for the faint of heart: the violence that is on display is not video-game or action movie-like; it's up close and personal.

A special note on the length of this book: 208 pages. I wish more writters could get across their ideas without the need of 700+ pages of text. I p
Mar 01, 2012 Emily rated it it was ok
I liked the setting of the book at the point where society starts to break down into riots and anarchy, and I liked the idea that groups of survivalists are organizing by hijacking the old analog TV signals once TV has switched to fully digital. However, I have trouble really getting into books where I don't like the main characters, and the main characters in this are really pretty hard to like. The writing style is also very brief and often disjointed. So although the setting and the ideas wer ...more
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Darin is the author of three novels: Noise (2010), Chimpanzee (2014), and Totem (2016). He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Theory and has taught courses on writing and literature at several universities. He has also worked as the principal video game writer at id Software and has served in various editorial and design capacities for a number of independent presses and journals. He lives in ...more
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“I tried to convince myself once, when I was a teenager, that I felt God. Alone in the sanctuary, accompanying my mom on an evening errand to the church. I stared at the ceiling and drew deep breath as quickly as I could. I told our youth minister in his ball cap that I had felt Him. That I was blessed.

But in the end, it was only the wind and the rain, making noise in the darkness.”
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