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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A blend of science fiction and horror, award-winning author Steve Rasnic Tem’s new novel is a chilling story exploring the roots of violence and its effect on a possible future.

Daniel is trapped in Ubo. He has no idea how long he has been imprisoned there by the roaches.

Every resident has a similar memory of the journey to Ubo: a dream of dry, chitinous wings crossing the
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Solaris
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Ubo is difficult to talk about without sounding insane. There are so many thought provoking questions here, all locked up with roaches holding the keys. I know, I know...insane.

I have to touch on the basic outline here to make any sense at all of this review. Daniel goes from sitting in an airport contemplating walking away from it all, (including his wife and their sickly son), to living out scenarios of the most violent events in the history of the world, with only a vague, surreal, memory of
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Things that were never supposed to happen, they happen all the time.”

This was a weird one for me. Have you ever had one of those books that no matter what you did you just couldn't make any progress? Total fucking time warp. This took me forever to finish it and I read several books in between. It wasn't boring and I liked the story, but for whatever reason it just seemed like I read it and read it and never made any headway. I almost gave up. Not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because I cou
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Do you like your SF dark? Do you like it grim? Then pull up a chair - Ubo is darker than night-time in Rupert Murdoch’s heart and grimmer than cold porridge for breakfast in a Siberian gulag.

Steve Rasnik Tem’s novel centres around a large group of men and women incarcerated in a huge, near derelict building they know only as ‘Ubo’.

All the inmates in Ubo have awakened after a strange dream of chitinous wings, of rustling insect parts, to find themselves the prisoners of what appear to be giant co
The Shayne-Train
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Reading this story is a total mindtrip.

I'll be honest, right all up in the fronty-front: I'm not one for surrealistic dream-sequence-type narratives. It gets tiresome for me really quick. And the very plot of this story made it impossible for sizable chunks to be written any other way. That being said, this never felt like a slog, or a chore. I was right there, in the dream sequence, confused as all hell but interested and invested. (My dream sequences come equipped with "Saved by the Bell" fuzz
Daniel went to sleep on earth, but awoke on Ubo---an place of unknown origin, maybe in the future, maybe on another planet. All he knows now is that he was carried here on the membranous wings of the roach-like aliens, who now force him to participate in.... something. An experiment, perhaps, or karmic revenge for every past atrocity humans have committed, though for its participants it's more akin to torture. When the roaches strap them down and activate the machines, they enter the minds of hi ...more
David Agranoff
This book is not for everyone but it sure as hell was for me. Steve Rasnic Tem is a veteran of the horror field. He is a past winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. There is no doubting his skill. What he produced here is a brutal blackest black of science fiction horror novels that delivers a healthy dose of what the fuck. The first half felt like a bastard hybrid of Dark City and the the early seventies film Punishment Park. The whole ...more
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
I was so excited to read this story. The synopsis gave me all the aspects of a sci-fi alienesque dystopia that I was looking for, right down to the creepy and unsettling roaches that are running the show and keeping the characters hostage in the story. Also, the whole aspect of these people having to relive atrocities throughout the history, through the mind of the person that acted them out, had my dark feelers tingling.

Once we get to about the 75% mark though, things start to go downhill for m
Ralph Blackburn
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
UBO by Steve Rasnic Tem- I've never read anything by this author though I've seen his name numerous times on paperbacks and lists of e-books. I've always associated Steve Rasnic Tem with the horror genre which I don't normally read, but this is not horror per say but horror of another kind.
UBO is a place where Daniel and his fellow prisoners have been gathered, quarantined from the outside, snatched from their past, and brought into a strange decrepit building without explanation. Speculation a
Polly Krize
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, I believed that I would rave on and on about this book... With an alien race similar to cockroaches basically controlling humanity and forcing them into very uncomfortable situations, the scene could have been set for mayhem. Unfortunately the pace is so slow that I felt no connection at all with any character and felt that the plot was under-developed, leaving much to be desired in the reading...only my opinion.
Brian Richardson
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I made it 1/3 through this book before needing a hot, scrubby shower. Honestly this book is just relentlessly grim, dirty, depressing, and gross. I'm sure some people love that, but I'm not a masochist.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fresh and inventive post-apocalypse story. Vibrant characters. The world itself became a character, the landscape reflecting human nature. Is humankind worth saving? Haven't we brought about Hell on Earth and deserve to live in our mess? Should we fight to protect our damaged and damaging souls or should we accept our fate as punishment and let the roaches rule the world?
Eugene Novikov
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This is extraordinary for a while, and then deflates with the big twist, which is neither very original or well-thought-through, it seemed to me. Tem's a terrific writer and the glimpses inside the minds of history's greatest monsters at particular crossroads in their reigns are very well-executed and more interesting than the idea seems.
Embla Frydenlund
Good plot, but not a good writer
Enrique Arroyo
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
It just needed a little something more.
Daniel Hale
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
At times chilling, often disturbing, with highly effective writing apart from the dialogue, which could have used another look. A twist you can see coming, but no less an interesting concept for it.
Bonnie Owen
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a nice blend of horror and science fiction. Daniel wakes up in Ubo and discovers that everyone stuck in Ubo has the same memories of being taken by the insects, which they call roaches. They are regularly placed in the minds of some of history's most atrocious murders and are held captive while horrible crimes are committed. The story showcases Daniel and his comrades experiences and how they attempt to figure out what Ubo is and why they were chosen for such experiments, all the while ...more
David Harris
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm grateful to Solaris for an advance copy of this book.

"A blend of science fiction and horror, award-winning author Steve Rasnic Tem’s new novel is a chilling story exploring the roots of violence and its effect on a possible future."

To say that this book surprised me is putting it mildly. The two previous books by Steve Rasnic Tem that I had read - Deadfall Hotel and Blood Kin were supernatural, somewhat monstrous but - allowing for some weirdness - very much set in the here and now.

UBO is di
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
A novel about violence, memory and awful, awful allegories.

tl;dr at Overall, as always

Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
Back in the old days, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, when the calendar showed the year 1965 or somewhere in that range, a comic book character called Magneto emerged. A Holocaust survivor, who treated mutants like his jewish brothers and sisters, claiming that ordinary humans were basically eradicating them in a repeat of one of the most awful events of history. No
The Grim Reader
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘UBO’ is a superb story by Steve Rasnic Tem. It’s a sci-fi novel, though it does have strong horror elements to it as well. It follows a group of men trapped inside of a research facility. Are they on Earth or some other planet in a galaxy far, far away? Who are the man-size cockroaches that run the facility? ( yep, that’s right, man-size cockroaches!), and why are they subjecting the prisoners to a sort of mind-swap program? And why are they are sent back in time into the consciousness of some ...more
Joshua Hair
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ubo is quite possibly the strangest book I've read in a very long time. As a previous reviewer stated, to talk about what goes on in the book would make me sound insane, therefore I'll only say this: Ubo is odd, Ubo is difficult to comprehend and confusing to keep up with, Ubo is unsettling in a way I still don't exactly understand, and, most of all, Ubo is astoundingly good writing.
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it

UBO di Steve Rasnic Tem è un romanzo di fantascienza che sconfina spesso nell’horror.

La storia è incentrata su gruppo di uomini intrappolati all’interno di una struttura di ricerca, che tuttavia non hanno precisa cognizione se siano sulla terra o su un altro pianeta in una galassia lontana, né chi siano gli scarafaggi giganti (di dimensioni umane – una delle cose più carine del libro!) che gestiscono la struttura e quale sia il motivo per cui li sottopongono a una sorta di programma di ca
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Steve Rasnic Tem was born in Lee County Virginia in the heart of Appalachia. He is the author of over 350 published short stories and is a past winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. His story collections include City Fishing, The Far Side of the Lake, In Concert (with wife Melanie Tem), Ugly Behavior, Celestial Inventories, and Onion Song ...more
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“I am the destroyer! I am the darkness at the end of time!” the werewolf screamed. “I am the slow corrupter, the rapid pestilence, the universal disassembler, the final stop on the journey! I am the madness without explanation! Love me and I will slaughter you! I will pick through your brains with my tongue!” 0 likes
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