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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...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Spectra (first published 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...more
Samuel Snoek-Brown
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
Charles Dee Mitchell
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. The 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 cove...more
zxvasdf
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...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
David Pearce
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
Paul
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.
Berry
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...more
Roxanne
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
Meg Winkler
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...more
Veach Glines
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.
Shamela
READ THIS.

NAOW.

Especially, of course, if you're a fan of smart, dark, thoughtful, funny, scary dystopian/postapocalyptic/how are we gonna survive?? fiction.
Daniel
An interesting dystopian novel about anarchy and societal collapse.
Brigid


Couldn't stay with it.
Michael
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
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...more
Chani
Nov 16, 2011 Chani rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Kirkus
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.
Eric
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...more
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...more
Karlo
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...more
KWinks
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...more
Emily
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
Craig
Good idea here that gets a bit bogged down in all the jargon and "newspeak" that the characters adopt for their lives, post-breakdown of society. Every other chapter comes from The Book, a guide to restarting a civilization following an apocalyptic event, and these are very basic and easy to follow rules. The rest gets just a bit overly-hip in the way Bradley paints his characters and their attitudes to the breakdown of society. The ending packs a bit of a wallop and I have to admit I'd like to...more
Topher
I hit a problem around page 100 where I couldn't decide if I loved or hated this book - either way, I knew I felt strongly about it. This is not your typical post-apocalypse. Interspersed within the chapters are excerpts from The Book - the rules the two main characters put together from other's advice on what to do once the end happens. As you read The Book, you recognize all the cliches of the genre, and the author's advice on how to handle them.

An interesting, but still fairly quick, read.
Jessi
I was really gripped by this book right from the get go. I'd had the opportunity to sit down and read it cover to cover, thanks to a pesky cold. While not without flaws (in the later portions of the book a whole cast of characters enter the mix, most of which aren't much more than a name, let alone a face)I think Noise was well executed and inspiring. I wouldn't recommend this book to just anyone, but all in all a good read.
Lauren
This book started out interesting and had a unique take on the post-apocalyptic world, but ultimately its own structure got in the way. The insertions of "The Book" were cool at first, but got tedious. The unusual capitalization and the new language was the same, neat then tired. I read the first half in about a day, and the second half took me four months. It wasn't terrible, though.
Abstractelf
Extraordinary. I'm glad I got this book from the publisher so I could read it. *-*
I liked how the book turned out, I liked that is was dark. I hated what happened with my favorite character! I really appreciated the psychological processes. I loved this whole book. Just loved it. And I'm glad that it has realistic ending. Realisting and shocking.
Mark
I could not finish this book, I found the style it was written, very confusing, almost like an acid trip.
The characters acted like serial killers but had no personality, and just a very confusing book
Josiah
Sep 09, 2010 Josiah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
Certainly interesting, in tone and general emotion, not necessarily in the idea content. Like most who read it I'm conflicted, but I owe it for the experience.
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Darin is the author of three novels--Noise (2010), Chimpanzee (2014), and Totem (2015)--and co-editor of the literary fringe journal Bahamut. With a B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. in Literature and Theory, he works as an acquisitions and production editor at Resurrection House, having previously spent a number of years teaching writing and literature at several universities. He has also worked as the...more
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