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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  602 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Day One

No one can remember anything--who they are, family and friends, or even how to read. Reality has fragmented and Earth consists of an islands of rock floating in an endless sky. Food, water, electricity--gone, except for what people can find, and they can't find much.

Faller's pockets contain tantalizing clues: a photo of himself and a woman he can't remember, a toy s
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Tor Books
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This was amazing! I'm quickly revising my growing list of books that should be nominated for next year's Hugo, and this one certainly fits the bill. :)

The ideas are really awesome. Two big ones, slamming against each other in a truly horrific and out-there way, and all the while, our MC, Faller, falls through the skies on his quest.

The book has a parallel structure to it. The present mess and the past slowing catching up to where the present mess began. Revealing the events that made a world th
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A man wakes up in the middle of a street. He has no idea who he is, where he is, or what has happened to him. He's on a strange island that looks like a slice of urban jungle floating in the air. There are other people on the island with him, but none of them remember anything, either. The landscape is dotted with strange machines that no one remembers how to operate. Food only comes from cans found in abandoned homes and apartments-- and it won't last forever. This is Day One. And it's brutal. ...more
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
I am at a loss for words. I like it. I really like it.

Everything starts on Day One when people cannot remember who they are or what happened to the world. And the world is not what it's supposed to be. The world is small, circular and there are clouds all around it. This is the place Clue wakes up to. He has no idea who he is, only that he has a picture, a map, and a small toy in his pocket.

Then Clue becomes Faller as he starts falling from one world to another. He discovers the woman in his pi
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

What a strange, strange book. But in a good way. Incidentally, that’s what I always think after finishing one of Will McIntosh’s novels. I’m a huge fan of the author, precisely because his ideas are always so unique and original—and yes, they can sometimes be off-the-wall as well. Faller probably isn’t his best work; the writing wasn’t as tight and the story’s many parts were a little incongruous, but that could be due to
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to Tor Books and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review purposes.

In the year of Dark Matter hype, it's understandable that the beginning of Faller feels somewhat (but not overly) familiar. A man comes to in the middle of a street, and literally everything is a mystery. He has no idea who he is, where he is, what has occurred, and these are just the first few of the questions that keep on coming at full speed.

In a world that resembles our own but is very different in s
Althea Ann
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
'Faller' gives us two alternating narratives.

In the first, a man 'comes to' in the midst of a crowd. Everyone present seems to have lost their memory. They don't know who they are; how or if they are connected to the people around them. The objects they see seem vaguely familiar, but they're not sure exactly how to use them. Their 'world' is something that the reader recognizes as a few city blocks, seemingly ripped from their proper place and floating like an island in space. But "a few city b
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book is aptly titled as it felt like you're free falling through the pages of this non-stop action, adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery. It was an easily devoured book that moved at a fast pace, always guessing and always wanting to turn the page to see what happens next.

The book opens with everyone waking up without any memory at all. They can't read, they don't know who they are, where they are, nothing. They can speak, they can even recall what things are called but not how to use them.
Sci-Fi & Scary
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Will McIntosh's Faller had an extraordinary concept, but unfortunately never managed to click with me. While I appreciated the thought that went into it, and absolutely loved some of the scenes (like that initial 'fall'), I just couldn't connect with the characters or immerse myself in the story.

This inability to connect / immerse meant that I had a ton of trouble keeping the characters straight and remembering who was in the before matching up to who was in the after. The disjointed writing, wh
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I began this book loving it: there is what will be called "day one", in which people found themselves hacing forgotten everything, even their names. Our main character, auto named Faller, finds in his pocket a pic of himself with a red haired woman, a toy soldier with a parachute and some kind of a map drawn with his own blood.

Soon, Faller discovers using a parachute he can float from the edge of the world to another one under it. Looks like Earth has been fragmented and memories erased... oh! a
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is there a way to say that the book had too much going on without coming across as a mentally inferior reader? I'm not, really not, but this book had too much going on, it overwhelmed at times. Although in all fairness if that's the main complaint about a book, that's a pretty good book. And so it was, a pretty good book, original, imaginative, well written...and positively crammed with different worlds, clones, singularities, apocalypses and action. I'm relatively new to science fiction and thi ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
At the start of Faller, the new SF novel by Will McIntosh, a man regains consciousness lying on a city street. He doesn’t remember his name, the name of the city, or how he got there. In fact, his mind is almost completely blank, just like all the mcintosh-fallerother people who are waking up in complete confusion around him. What’s even stranger, the world appears to end a few city blocks from where the man woke up. Rather than more streets and buildings, there’s just a chasm looking out over e ...more
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Shelves: memory, unfinished
A month later I still felt unmotivated to finish this book, so I asked a friend to spoiler me and then sent it back to the library.
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love this author. No matter what McIntosh always impresses me. In my opinion he is one of the most forward thinking and interesting writers in contemporary Science Fiction. Every book is not only entertaining and well written, but the story is peopled by characters who work against stereotypes and are believable and relatable and the worlds and plots he creates speak to current events, social and environmental issues and what it means to be human.

This book takes place in a very recognizable fu
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Listen. This was a fast read, intriguing, not difficult in terms of language and sentence structure, but GOOD GOD several hundred (700 in particular) joules of energy on 250 mL of water raises the temperature by 0.8 degrees Celsius so it's NOT GONNA KILL ANYONE. In case you're not science minded, this is like, real real easy to look up yourself. Like. Wtf dude?

Lots of bad bad science. I could suspend my disbelief for a bit but like sorry nobody is going to win a Nobel prize for research they JUS
Caitlin Webb
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
A book that should have been a lot better than it was. I was excited to find this in the book shop and was immediately intrigued. The plot sounded so interesting and I couldn't wait to get to the bottom of the mystery.... Only it turns out I could wait. While the plot was interesting, it dragged on to the point where I began to lose interest. It was slow moving and it felt empty somehow. I didn't feel any connection to any of the characters. They felt hollow in most cases, boring in others or ju ...more
Belinda Lewis
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very cool sci-fi.

I struggled with the one parallel storyline at first because it felt pretty 'real world' (and for me that equals dull).

But the stories weave together masterfully and form something original that sticks with you.
Jason Pettus
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, sci-fi
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Although it's certainly a valid trick that can occasionally be put to very good use (Memento comes to mind, for example), genre authors need to be very careful when when deploying the "selective amnesia" trope within their fantastical stories; because when done wrong, you get something like Will McIntosh's
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I really liked this one. The concept is extraordinary. The main character wakes up on a chunk of New York City that just stops at the edges, as if the rest of the world has just fallen away. He has no memory of who he is or how he got there, and neither does anybody else. As far as he knows, these few city blocks is the whole world. At first everyone is healthy and well-fed, though confused. Of course, the food can't last...

That story is interleaved, chapter by chapter, with another story with a
The Captain
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this sci-fi thriller eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .

I have loved this author's work ever since I read love minus eighty and have gobbled up all of his novels but one.

Side note: Get me hands on soft apocalypse!

So I was thrilled to read this one. It was extremely fun. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where people wake up on Day One with no memories of who they are or even where they are. Terrifyin
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Will McIntosh
I'm a big fan of McIntosh and have read all but one of his non-YA books, so he's definitely a Must Read for me. I have to say, I don't think this one is his best (I think that title is still safely held by Love Minus Eighty, if you're wondering). I liked how the story was told in tandem (with Faller, awaking after some apocalyptic event where everyone's memories have been summarily wiped and the world broken up into seemingly floating islands in the atmosphere & the past thread centering on Pete ...more
Courtney Nicole
Nov 15, 2016 rated it liked it
An interesting book with a neat concept, I only wish it had had more "umpf" to it.
I don't know which part seemed to have lacked for me because I did like the book.
-Maybe it was a lack of delving into the science aspect or the action moments or character developments?
These points weren't done badly, I think it's just that I would've liked to have seen some part made to be the main focus point for the story.
•I will say however, that the book felt solid in: the author had an idea, molded it
Clay Kallam
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy
So if I’m reading pure fantasy, especially young adult fantasy, I’m willing to suspend some disbelief. Even in science fiction that deals with science, I’m relatively lenient – but “Faller” (Tor, $25.99, 352 pages) goes way too far over the line.

Will McIntosh begins with a great premise: People suddenly “awake” with no memories and can’t read. They know the names of things and can talk, but they can’t operate the present-day machinery that’s still around them, and they’re stuck on small pieces o
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Two parallel stories - amnesiac man falls off the edge of a shattered piece of the world and physicist races to harness a singularity for unlimited power - gradually intertwine.

Good thing: Faller the character was great. I liked gradually exploring worlds through his confused and searching eyes.

Bad thing: It took me almost 100 pages to get into this story. There were way too many coincidences/lucky happenstances in the plot.

I liked most of the ideas in this book and the struggles of one of the m
Jun 03, 2017 marked it as dnf

Faller is not a bad book it was just not a book for me. It is original and contains some great writing but in the end it was just a little slow for me. I can't really put my finger on what it was that I didn't get on with but Faller left me a little cold.
Tim Hicks
Apr 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Nah, I'm not going to file this under science fiction. It's a fantasy, and a sloppy one.
I admit I'm curious how McIntosh, always a big-idea guy, came up with this one.

I'm going to take a minority position. I finished this book only because I wanted to see if it could really be as bad as I thought it would be (it was).

So, to the story. All spoiler from here out: (view spoiler)
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an un-biased review.

What a surprise this book was! I was initially attracted by the cover, but I knew nothing about the author. Shame on me! Mr. McIntosh is a celebrated author of many science fiction books and a Hugo Award winner! In my ignorance I almost passed this book up when I found it on Netgalley, as I said the picture and the premise drew me in.

A man wakes up on an island, floating in the sky. He and everyone around hi
​**Full disclosure, I received an egalley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.**

Faller is an interesting novel. The premise is fairly unique. A group of people wake up with their memories blank in a world which has clearly faced some sort of catastrophe. The city in which they find themselves ends abruptly, surrounded by nothing but clear blue sky for as far as the eye can see: above, below, and all around. The novel follows several of these people as they try to
Samara Rowling
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is going to be a tough review to write. That’s not to say that Will McIntosh’s latest novel failed to live up to my expectations — in fact, it was easily one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I’ve had all year — but that so much of the book’s genius relies on knowing as little as possible going into it.

The premise itself is strange and unique: a man with no memory, known only as Faller, parachutes off the edge of the world in search of a woman he believes holds the key to his identi
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Will McIntosh never disappoints. This is definitely a fun page turner. There's nothing wrong with it and the premise is fun and interesting but, for me, it is missing something critical or interesting that makes me want to rave about it to everyone I meet. ...more
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club-yes
Wow! Great book! I loved this! If you like science fiction, you will love this book. And...if you think you don't like science fiction, this may be the book to change your mind. This book was described as a science fiction thriller and that is a perfect description. The world building was astonishing and the plot riveting. I couldn't put it down.

The protagonist is a scientist who is trying to stop a world war, but, as is often the case in science fiction, things go terribly wrong. Let's just sa
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Will McIntosh is a Hugo Award-winning science fiction author, as well as a finalist for eleven other awards. His alien invasion novel Defenders was optioned by Warner Brothers for a feature film, while Love Minus Eighty, was named the best SF novel of 2013 by the American Library Association. Coming in 2016 are his first young adult novel, Burning Midnight (Penguin Random House), about a pair of t ...more

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