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The Oracle Year

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  7,541 ratings  ·  1,006 reviews
From bestselling comic-book franchise writer Charles Soule comes a clever and witty first novel of a twentysomething New Yorker who wakes up one morning with the power to predict the future—perfect for fans of Joe Hill and Brad Meltzer, or books like This Book Is Full of Spiders and Welcome to Night Vale.

Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Wil
ebook, 432 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Harper Perennial
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:
One morning at about 5:00 am, Will Dando, a struggling young New York musician, abruptly awakes from a vivid dream. In his dream, a voice told Will 108 oddly specific and rather random predictions about the future, which he remembers verbatim when he wakes up. Some are potentially life-changing: warnings of the collapse of a major bridge and other dis
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
If there is such a thing as Chick-Lit, what is the name for a book that is a guy-type of thing? Is it Dick-Lit? Male-Tales? XY-Chrome-Tomes?

Definitely Dick-Lit.

Well, whatever. The point is that this is a man book. It reads like a disaster book where you are seeing what different people are doing all over the world while you wait for some big event to happen. There are good guys who aren't that good and bad guys who are heading into super-villain territory, and plenty of running for lives.

2 / 5

This was my Book of the Month add on for April—and well, I’m pretty disappointed with it. I was expecting an action-packed, fast-paced, overall awesomeness-filled novel. And what did I get instead? A slow-paced novel filled with one-dimensional characters, and awkward dialogues. Ugh.

The beginning of this novel is probably the best part; it draws you in and you want to know what’s going to happen to Will (The Oracle) and all his 108 predictions for the future. But then it turns into the
Everybody knows that I'm a psychological thriller and horror genre junkie, but every now and then I like to mix it up with other genres, so I was excited to pick up The Oracle Year . The Oracle Year is written by the renowned Charles Soule—Marvel writer for She-Hulk, The Death of Wolverine, and Daredevil. When I picked up The Oracle Year I was hopeful that it would be an original science-fiction superhero novel that would break the mold of the over-saturated superhero market. The Oracle Ye ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

What a fascinating novel. And to think I almost passed this one up, but every now and then I like to step out of my comfort zone to read something “outside my box”, and books like The Oracle Year make me glad that I do.

The story follows a struggling bassist named Will Dando who wakes up one morning from a dream, his head filled with 108 predictions about the future. Enlisting the help of his friend Hamza, Will proceeds to
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-shelf, sci-fi
This was a fun ride. It falls in a category I like to call a Blockbuster Hit. Light tone, exciting premise, great pacing... but above all, a great trigger novel. It has everything we like in mainstream SF hits. A little wish-fulfillment, a little naughty action, a point where the character decides to change, and the point where the S*** hits the fan.

From there, it's all action and thriller.

Yeah, yeah, but what is it ABOUT?

Will is a modern-day oracle.

108 prophesies, a little dark-web anonymity,
The Oracle Year by Charles Soule reminds me of a story told by a drunk frantically trying to hook up at closing time. Sure, everything sounds great on the surface—maybe this guy is the WBC boxing heavyweight champion of the world just hanging out at Applebee’s at 2A.M. on a Tuesday. And sure, maybe he does live in a decked-out fully computerized mansion that he is willing to drive us to in his slightly rusted Toyota Echo —but on closer inspection, all the details don’t exactly line up.

In The Or
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

You know that conflicted mental state where you wonder if what is to come is a pleasant surprise or a complete disappointment? Just imagine when one of your favourite singer of all time decides to enter the movie business, or your favourite athlete wants to spice up his biography by fully actualizing themselves through music. It’s how I felt when I got my hands on Charles Soule’s The Oracle Year. Known as the best-selling comic book writer who g
Nat K
”And if he is not a fraud? What if he is, indeed, a messenger from God? What then?”

Will Dando is an out of work muso, a bassist getting the occasional gig. He’s very good, but not ”New York good.” For some reason, this description of him stuck in my mind. He struggles to make ends meet.

Then one night, he dreams of predictions. 108 of them to be exact. He decides to share them online with the world via the “Site”, and henceforth becomes known as the “Oracle”.

The premise of this story is good. Ver
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I was surprised by how much I liked this. Charles Soule is a former lawyer turned comic book writer. His books have been very hit or miss for me. He's written Daredevil for a while now and I haven't been impressed while Curse Words and Letter 44 have been quite good. So I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

What would you do if you woke up one morning with 108 predictions in your head? After you verified they are real, you and your Wall Street buddy set up a secure website to make millions under th
Samantha Irby
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Sci-fi "thriller-lite" about a young man, Will, who wakes up one morning with 108 very specific predictions in his head, ranging from the ridiculous (on this date, this person will put pepper on their steak) to the catastrophic (on this date, this bridge will collapse). Quickly realizing his predictions are starting to come true, he and his trusted friend Hamza set up a secured website where he posts some of his predictions, using the alias "Oracle." The novel follows the fallout of Will's site ...more

I am BLOWN AWAY. I have so many questions, so many theories, and my head legit hurts from thinking about this book for too long. I am seriously in awe by this book. Like woww.

I stand by that this totally could have been a manga/comic book but that just proves that Mr. Soule is a genius with these kinds of stories.
Will M.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fate, destiny—they’re myths. We are the sum of our choices. Choose well.

I haven't written a proper review in forever, so once again (i'm sure I've said this before) forgive me if I ramble on mindlessly as I try to write an acceptable review of this novel.

Due to time constraint/med school, I have very limited free time. I have a social life, I've been called a gym rat, I play games, I occasionally play football, and lastly- read for the remaining time that I have. Considering this lifestyle, I am
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-3.75 stars. an interesting premise well plotted. Soule being a comic creator has a very visual storytelling style. the characters could have been a little better rounded. overall entertaining enough
Emma Rund
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

I was sent this book by Wunderkind PR in exchange for an honest review.

YOU GUYS. I just finished this book and I am SHOOK. This is a stunning sci-fi similar to Dark Matter but with political relevance instead of romance! (Yes please). The first half of this book I was like “yeah this is good but like meh” but then I hit the second half and BAM! I kept thinking Soule was writing himself into a corner and he kept finding totally unexpected and believable ways out of that corner. There
Sun Goddess Moon Witch

So boring. A book with a plot that should have been interesting...

If you like multiple view points and a long drawn out story then this is your book. Wanted a book that had less reality in it versus the political and religious back and forth that I got. What killed it for me was the lack of empathy I felt for any of the characters. This was not a compelling read for me and I pulled the plug when I stopped caring what happened.
Tess Taylor
3- The strangest part of The Oracle Year is the pacing. When I began reading, I felt like someone had dropped me into the middle of an ongoing story. I thought this would be an origin tale, as Will figured out what the premonitions were and what to do with them. Instead, it's about how he made money off of them and fought off enemies. A lot of strange decisions here, in my opinion. Soule is a graphic novelist, and I think this could have done better in that format. Although this was an easy and ...more
Karen’s Library
4.5 rating for this sci-fi thriller that I couldn't seem to turn the pages fast enough.

Will Dando receives 108 predictions one night while sleeping, with no idea where they came from. He woke up with the list in his head. And without fail, every single one comes true no matter what is done to try to prevent the outcome. Will and his best friend start a website called The Site and an anonymous Will becomes The Oracle.

I really enjoyed the premise of the book along with loving the MC. He was just
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bea-2018
Eh. Not horrible, but at page 268 approximately, the book action went into “unbelievable”.

I once had an author at a book signing say that authors get ONE pass. One concept that the reader is expected to believe. As long as that concept meshes well with the world created and neither the concept nor the world violate the rules put into place for them, then the reader will follow the author as they craft their story.

The one concept of this book is the MC has 108 predictions all due to come true.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel

I had big expectations for this book, but sadly I didn't enjoy it like so many others. I kept having issues with the overall choices of the story, and the characters didn't feel real with their choices. I will admit there were moments I thought this book was heading in the right direction, but they were far between. Charles Soule has creativity oozing throughout the pages, but I just couldn't get into the feel of the book, it just lacked depth for me.

Charles Soule has written a lot for Marvel
Renée (bookishblissandbeauty)
*I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Combining the pace of a thriller with the epic, dare I say ridiculous and far fetched plot of a comic book (in the best way possible), Soule keeps it all together with approachable characters. In comic book fashion, readers are given a situation that quickly unfolds, however some readers may be irked that some of world-building or plot devices are not fully explained - you kind of just have to go with it. At one point
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A solid 3-star read. The premise of this book was so promising. Will Dando is a young man struggling to make ends meet in New York City. One day he wakes up from a dream that revealed 108 predictions that could change the world.

Unfortunately this type of premise can only succeed if it's executed well. I kept waiting for the pieces to come together in an elegant way, and it just didn't happen. While the last 60 pages were fast-paced and
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to thank HarperAudio for a listening copy of ‘The Oracle Year’ in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this listening copy in no way, shape, or form influences my thoughts or opinions on the novel.

First things first: Charlie Thurston did a fine job with the narration of The Oracle Year. I felt as though he truly captured the character of Will Dando, portraying him exactly as Soule would’ve wanted. He had perfect pacing, hitting the highs and lows at just the right beats, and has nice
Amalia Rizos
Jun 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Based on what I have read in the past, my Goodreads feed recommended that I give The Oracle Year a shot. So when I came across its illusory cover in the local library, of course I had to check it out.

Will Dando went to bed an unassuming Manhattan musician and woke up as the most powerful man in the world thanks to the 108 predictions about the future teeming in his brain. Will, with the help of his intelligent best friend, sets up the Site. A website that broadcasts to the world a selective few
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
I saw this audiobook on Hoopla and thought I’d try it since it was a recent BOTM pick. It starts with a really interesting premise, but slowed in the middle then veered into the ridiculous towards the end. The characters didn’t have much depth either. It was a light, entertaining book, but I’m glad I didn’t buy it via BOTM.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never heard of this book or the author before I picked this up. The synopsis sounded quirky and fun so why not. And it was quirky and fun. Another winner!!

Will wakes up one morning after having dreamt about predictions of the future - he had over a hundred of them. After a couple came true, he enlists his best friend and they set out to get rich via a website. He puts out a few predictions online, they come true, puts out some more, and eventually everyone is following the site. After using th
Jul 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pancake-sex
This is one of the worst books I've ever read. For the love of God, it's about about free will and the main character's name is Will. Let that sink in for just a moment.

Among this book's other sins: racism (in addition to racist phrases, like "off the reservation," all of the POC in the book were either supporting Will [ugh] or villains), fat shaming, ableism, anti-religious, and, of course, misogyny.

Though the idea for this book was interesting, the execution was abysmal. The writing was bad.
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
What a great surprise! I didn't expect much starting this book, mostly because it had not been recommended by anyone, I had never heard about it and I don't even remember how I found it...

I admit I was lured in by the fact that Will, the main character, was a bass player (personal history - will not be developed here because you're not here to read my lame diary) and the alluring promise of predictions of the future falling on him, a guy-next-door with nothing special (except the fact he was
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Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
A solid 3 stars for me. Not a bad book by any means but it didn't blow my mind either. Glad I grabbed it from the library though.
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