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Black Moon

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,807 ratings  ·  542 reviews
Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others strugg
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Hogarth (first published January 1st 2014)
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Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
oh look - another book about a mysterious insomnia epidemic and the physical and psychological toll a body in severe sleep deprivation undergoes.

and it is great.

but i get that it's not a crowd-pleaser. it is necessarily hallucinatory in places, there are several story lines to follow (although they do overlap at points), it is unremittingly bleak and fairly violent, and there aren't a whole lot of answers at the end of it.

but it is still an incredible journey.

at its best points, it reminded me
There's a recurring trend in popular literature - a large number of debuting authors begin their careers with publishing a dystopia. Dystopias are in; readers - nowadays especially the younger ones - love them, and even more so when they are expanded into a series - just look at the great success of The Hunger Games (okay, technically not a debut) or countless other series of dystopian fiction aimed at teenagers. The real question is - how many golden eggs can this goose hatch?

Kenneth Calhoun's
The Shayne-Train
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I found this story of insomnia-caused apocalypse very entertaining. The writing was immediately gripping, and the glimpses into the characters' inner thoughts, memories, and reasoning made them immediately relatable.

NO ONE CAN SLEEP! ERMAHGERRD! This drives people batty! No chance to refresh the mind and body. As the book puts it, one can no longer transition experiences into memories. And not only do you have the expected physical and mental breakdown, but eventually the sleepless become unthin
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I can't help but wonder if the ARC I've been given through work is different to everyone else's (judging by the star ratings anyway). The writing is great, flows well, the characters are all distinctive, there's not much to fault initially. In fact, I thought that it was going to turn into a Stephen King or GM Hague type stomach turning/churning horror fest, and I was well pleased at the thought.
My low score isn't because it wasn't what I was hoping for, it's because of the lack of tie up at the
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: apocalyptastic
Sleep is important! I know a certain four-year-old who wishes that Bedtime could be destroyed, so I find myself stressing that fact on a nightly basis. When most of the population loses the ability to fall asleep, they all start wandering around talking in word salads & getting murderously enraged at anyone they find who can still sleep. “’You have sleeping in you, the way you talk and your eyes are telling me so fucking obviously so!’” I don’t know who I feel more sorry for here, the folks who ...more
Emma Sea
Feb 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
The writing was quite beautiful in places, and it was cleverly structured. The characters were interesting, believable, and not tropey. And yet I just didn't like the book. Like a date who is good on paper, but leaves you cold.

Not my book?

Apr 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Terrible. Just terrible.

People ask me all the time why I hang out in Young Adult if that genre is awful and it's because at least a great deal of it is not as pretentious as Adult fiction.

I don't even know where to start with this book.

Black Moon is the story about some people who can't sleep because of reasons. (view spoiler) So we follow a few different characters on their insanity or desire
Althea Ann
This is a zombie book.
Ever heard of sleep deprivation turning you into a 'zombie'? It's not a metaphor here.

A mysterious plague of sleeplessness has infected us. A few are not (or not yet?) affected, but even the immune are out of luck, because the insomnia doesn't only degrade the faculties, it causes the sleepless to become filled with violent, killing rage at the sight of a sleeper.

We see this apocalypse through the eyes of a few different characters... Two young men, one of whom notices the
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
ARC copy for review (Netgalley).

I really wanted to like this book. Really. It sounded perfect for me - humans can no longer sleep, so they gradually lose their minds, and so comes the end of civilization. Unfortunately, I can't really say much more than that - this was a great idea but the execution was a mess. There are shifts back and forth in time that don't make sense, characters drift in and out of the narrative with no explanation and while there are some nice descriptive moments, those do
It’s possible that I’m processing the appalling state of the world right now by savagely critiquing a series of random novels that I found by keyword searching ‘dystopia’ in the library catalogue. There are probably worse coping mechanisms. ‘Black Moon’, fourth in the stack, was actually a borderline case, as I’d already read another book with the exact same plot: Nod. I ended up including it in the hope that it would surpass Nod. In that, no-one in the world can sleep anymore except the narrato ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Black Moon definitely isn't for everybody - I can completely understand why someone would loathe it. For me, it was a pleasant (and timely) reminder that contemporary fiction can still be cool, experimental, and well-written. I've come upon so many books recently that TRIED to accomplish those things, and failed miserably at every turn. Black Moon had enough restraint and intelligence to achieve balance (in my opinion, at least).

The dystopian premise in Black Moon is deceptively simp
Leah Bayer
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: weird-quirky
Beautiful, hallucinatory writing. This is the kind of weird, fragmented book I am drawn to, but it's missing something crucial. It's not quite weird enough to pull off an open ending, but it tries to. If it was either paced & plotted a bit more tightly or have into full-throttle madness, it would be perfect. A promising first novel, though. ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5/5 STARS

Black Moon is a novel riddled with insomnia, survival, and insanity. Calhoun's engrossing writing stunningly depicts a beautiful yet horrifically frightening reality of life without sleep, shedding a dark light on the possibility of a world gone mad from something entirely different than the common Robert Frost theory of fire and ice. Life has become a constant struggle. Not many people are able to sleep, and the ones who can are hunted and murdered by the ones who cannot. Eac
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Confusing. The time lines jump all over the place with the different characters. And honestly Felicias and Chase bored me the most. Chase's made the least sense. Briggs and Lili were decent but still....

I struggled to get through this, and just as I felt I was starting to get it it threw some strange twists that didn't even make sense. And nothing is explained as to what, why etc. No resolution either. Can't have it both ways. It starts and ends in the middle of a story. Toss in multiple POVS an
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
I love it when impulse cover-based purchases pay off.

As an insomniac, this would be my worst nightmare.

I love literary horror so much. ^__^
What if the world is hit with an epidemic of insomnia? That is the premise of Black Moon, Calhoun's debut novel. Often called hallucinogenic by other reviewers, this book is an engaging book about the end of the world as we know it.

Biggs doesn't know why, but he can still sleep, even though everyone around him is in the grasp of insomnia. Then one day he can no longer find his wife. Biggs and a cast of other characters try to find their way as society crumbles.

Sometimes reading other reviews can
Donald Armfield
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for insomnia stories in my early 20's I was a person of little sleep and sometimes relate to these characters in such stories.

In "Black Moon" insomniacs become the living with very few people who can sleep and dream. Biggs being one of those people who walks the hallucinating town in search for his girlfriend/ex-girlfriend (well she dumped him). Biggs friend Jordan a drugstore cashier steals drugs saying this will help them sleep.

Overall the novel has its ups and downs. Some points
Stephanie Ward
'Black Moon' is a chilling dystopian novel that shows the reader what the world could become if sleep was all but eliminated and insomnia ruled the masses. The book's main character - Biggs - is one of the last people who is still able to sleep. Insomnia is taking over the lives of the majority of the world's population - including Biggs' wife, Carolyn. One day, Carolyn disappears into the masses and Biggs has no idea where she went or how to even find her. He sets out on a journey to rescue her ...more
Jennifer Pullen
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Truly lovely, prose as sharp as broken glass, moving characters, innovative story line. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is the end felt rushed. But overall, fantastic book! ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

People aren’t sleeping at all anymore, but Matt Biggs is. His wife, Carolyn, is slowly going mad under the weight of the insomnia that seems to have gripped the majority of the population. Sleep is now a dirty little secret among those that are still capable of it, and in order to avoid injury, or much worse, they must sneak away and hide to in order to get any sleep at all. The sight of a sleeper can send an insomniac into a murderous rage, and when Biggs
Heidi The Reader
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, fiction
An insomniac's worst nightmare, in Black Moon, the whole world stops sleeping. And, it's a bloodbath. I kept looking for the redeeming qualities of this story and they were few and far between. But, here's what I scrounged up:

I liked the relationship between Biggs and Carolyn, especially The Dream (Biggs started talking to Carolyn because of a dream he had), and this description by the author of how important it was to them: "It was a sacred text in their own domestic religion." pg 17 (ebook) I
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Actual Rating 3.5

*I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review*

One thing is for sure, I will never ever take sleep for granted. I love to be able to get into the state of rest, even if I have bad dreams. I suffered from a bit of insomnia while my mom was sick, and a little after she died. I just don’t know how people who have it constantly, do it. And this form of insomnia in the book, is quite freaking scary. What if this happened for real? This freaks me out more than a zombie
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I still can't decide if I think this book was good or not. I know I didn't like it, but I think I didn't like it in a good way.

Lemme try to explain. Okay, so we have an apocalyptic book here, somewhat on par with a zombie book, in that almost everyone has insomnia. It gets wiggy because just a few people can still sleep—and the insomniacs in full swing go nuts when they see someone sleeping, or suspect someone can sleep, and freakin' attack their asses in crazy malicious ways.

The reason I didn't
Mary Lins
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: complete
This One Will Keep You up at Night!!

If you don’t sleep, you will go crazy and then die. This is a biological fact.

What if something apocalyptic happens in the future and suddenly 90% of the population can no longer sleep? What if you are one of the few who CAN? How quickly would society crumble? In “Black Moon”, by Kenneth Calhoun, we are given this scenario. Calhoun here re-imagines the Zombie Apocalypse trope, only instead of turning into the un-dead, the “Insomniacs” turn into similarly lurch
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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Michelle Morrell
What happens when the world stops sleeping, but for an unexplained few? As the planet spirals into hallucinatory madness, we follow a handful of sleepers, dreamers and insomniacs as society implodes. Though society's loss is a distant second to the individual stories of people lost and found, asleep and awake.

I enjoyed seeing this through the various viewpoints; the people on the sidelines desperately trying to find safe places to sleep and locate missing loves, the sleepless slowly succumbing t
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the sense of longing and loneliness I got from this book, and I always enjoy reading anything where it's made obvious that not everyone in the story is going to survive (see: Game of Thrones Syndrome).

Unfortunately I thought that too many passages had the tone of the kind of interaction you get where you wake someone up and ask them to describe what they were just dreaming about. By that I mean that Calhoun wrote them perfectly, I just found them a bit grating after a while.

File this u
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
great premise and build up, but the ending was lacking in my opinion. It probably would have been better if the author has added another 100 pages, because it felt a little rushed.

I really liked the Biggs character - he was fleshed out and written the best. The others not so much, though I was fond of Lila as well until her storyline just...stopped! But i will keep my eyes on this author, because there is definitely promise there
Ethan Norman
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Very well written, but it leaves lots of things out in the end. It makes you feel like you are having the same problems with sleeping as the characters and people around them. It's not very long but it took my a while to finish because it I read at night and it made me tired.
If the author was trying to get me to feel tired with the rest of them, then he is a genius.
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