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Everything You Ever Wanted

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  587 ratings  ·  70 reviews
You wake up. You go to work. You don't go outside for twelve hours at a time. You have strategy meetings about how to use hashtags. After work you order expensive drink after expensive drink until you're so blackout drunk you can't remember the circumstances which have led you to waking up in bed with your colleague. The next day you stay in bed until the afternoon, scroll ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by Viking
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I wanted to read Everything You Ever Wanted from the moment I heard about it. It’s set in a slightly altered version of our reality in which a habitable planet, Nyx, has been discovered. Nyx is accessed via an underwater wormhole in the Pacific Ocean, and there’s no way back. The opening chapter quickly dispenses with these details before moving on to the key fact that the new planet is also to be home to a Big Brother-esque TV series called Life on Nyx. 100 citizens of Earth will be selected to ...more
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**2.5 stars**

Everything You've Ever Wanted by Luiza Sauma. (2019).

Iris feels like her life is meaningless: she wakes up, goes to work, has strategy meetings about hashtags, drinks heavily, ends up sleeping with a colleague. She scrolls through social media wondering why everyone else seems to be achieving so much. Then Iris hears about 'Life on Nyx'; the new reality show about humans living on another planet...

I thought the synopsis o
It was the blurb quote from Sharlene Teo that attracted me to Everything You Ever Wanted, as well as the synopsis - Iris, a woman in her late 20s from London, auditions to move to another planet - Nyx - to participate in an experiment which will be streamed back to earth like a sort of Big Brother style reality tv show (sans challenges).

Unfortunately, however, the most engaging parts of the narrative were the flashbacks which take place before Iris leaves earth. We see Iris depressed, struggling
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this easy to breeze through, contemporary literary novel that had a touch of SciFi. In this case, a wormhole to planet Nyx. Recommended for fans of Severance. Both books have similarities: satirical takes on modern (Western) office culture, time spent wandering around empty cities, and young women struggling with ennui/undiagnosed depression.

I'm excited by these authors playing with genre, widening the scope of what speculative fiction means (to me).

A Nyx like planet - Would you move
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Concept was cool, structure was poor, ending was shocking.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Luiza Sauma's second novel focuses on Iris, in her late twenties, living in London, and alienated by her job producing digital content for brand campaigns that she doesn't understand. Having suffered from clinical depression for much of her life, or what she calls 'the smog', Iris is intrigued by the opportunity to apply to live on a distant planet, Nyx, which promises a return to the old days of traditional community living, with no social media. In its first two-thirds, Everything You Ever Wan ...more
I saw a quote from Lydia Davis recently about the dangers of reading too much contemporary writing: "keep your reading of contemporaries in proportion—you do not want a steady diet of contemporary literature. You already belong to your time."

This perfectly sums up why I found this book so particularly unpalatable and unbearably depressing. It feels sometimes like all of contemporary writing is about the myriad ways in which women are still oppressed, demeaned, taken advantage of, violated, under
Jamie Klingler
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Can’t tell if the book was all meant to be tongue in cheek or taken seriously. It’s like that awful Channel 4 show that put people on a remote island, let them go feral and then forgot about them—- not Love Island- the other one. There are moments of Fleabag-Esque self flagellation but then rambling chapters that go in circles.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
The synopsis for this book was really interesting, and a few chapters in I was really enjoying it. Unfortunately once the story moved on to Iris's time on Nyx, the book fell totally flat for me. The characters there were underdeveloped and...well...nothing really happened. I persevered but was disappointed at the ending. Such a shame as it was a really interesting concept.
Pickle Farmer
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this - absolutely hysterical and relatable. Loved the ending.
Maya Panika
You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.
Twenty-eight year old Iris is miserably unhappy with her very normal London life and her barely-tolerable on-off relationship. Disconnected from her family, getting drunk, having sex, living her life on social media, detached from anything solid or real and seeing no future. It’s a life I’ve read about a dozen times. It’s all very normal.
Except that Iris sees her dead father everywhere. She finds herself in places and doesn’t know how she got there.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything You Ever Wanted is a novel about escape, sometimes eerie and sometimes heartbreaking as it charts finding a new life on a new planet. Iris works in London creating digital content, hiding her depression and anxiety, trapping in after work drinks and strategy meetings. The Life on Nyx programme sounds both insane and enticing: 100 people moving to another planet, free from social media and employment and everything else, but with the caveat that you can't come back. And with it, maybe ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Claustrophobic, atmospheric, intense and ultimately disappointing. I don’t want to give it two stars because I thought the first half was great, and there was plenty to like about Sauma’s writing, but the second half was utterly maddening, a building climax full of slow horror and mysterious hints and possibilities that are just...never followed through. Maybe that’s the point, but it just felt futile, like an elaborate metaphor I wasn’t smart enough to understand. Also the blurb and marketing q ...more
Saarah Niña
‘A beautiful new planet.
A meaningful new life.
Are you ready?

Life on Nyx, a reality TV show set on a distant planet, is accepting new members. There will be a complicated admission process and interviews for the most suitable candidates. Iris, feeling depressed, feels it’s exactly what she needs: to live on a pink planet with strangers from all walks of life. More than that, she is seeking an escape. Life on Nyx will mean no communication to home. Your family will see you on TV, should
Varsha Ravi (between.bookends)

It was the premise of Everything You Ever Wanted that hooked me and made me want to pick this book up. Set in the near future, 100 participants, carefully selected after a series of interviews, from Earth are allowed an opportunity to move to a new planet, called Nyx, newly inhabited by humans to set their lives there. The condition being, it’s a one-way ticket, where once you’re on Nyx there’s no way to get back. There is also a reality tv concept, where the lives of the ‘Nyxians’ are cons
Bárbara Moura
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Iris Cohen is a 27 year old Londoner with a career in social media promotion that she doesn't exactly understand. Ever since she was young, a feeling of dread and inadequacy has followed her. She isn't quite miserable, but definitely not happy. In an attempt to escape her life, like someone who commits existencial suicide, she decides to apply for a one way trip to the planet Nyx, where she will never be able to contact Earth again.

I found an advanced copy in a London bookstore and was immediate
Maya Panika
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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For the love of books
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
When my book club selected Everything You Ever Wanted as our next read I’ll admit I was relieved. This looked right up my street, and I was sure I’d whizz through it in a couple of commutes, which would be convenient given my habit of failing to start each month’s book until about three days before the meeting.

In a way I was spot on. Luiza Sauma’s second novel had me hooked from the first page, where we are immediately introduced to Nyx, a recently discovered salmon-pink planet offering a new,
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
can't stop raving about this book and recommending it to anyone who will listen.

iris cohen is a disaffected citizen of the modern world, stuck in a job she doesn't like but is good at, going out to drinks with coworkers she doesn't really like, and hiding her mental illness from everyone and anyone who counts. so she chooses to join a program that will send 100 people from all over the world through a wormhole in the pacific ocean to a planet similar to the earth. the catch is that it's a one-wa
Emma Dresser
This was not the sort of book I would normally read. I really enjoyed it, I could imagine this quite easily as a film. Great characterisation, I thought the description of the ‘smog’ and the overwhelming sadness she felt was very evocative. I so wanted her to feel better. I’ll recommend this to others.
Stephanie Burton
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Everything You Ever Wanted tells the story of Iris who, on the face of it, has a typical Millennial London lifestyle. Her job title is pretty meaningless and the hours are competitively long, but the pay is good and she's moving up the career ladder - successfully playing the game. She should be happy, but happiness is easier said than experienced and Iris has problems rooted far deeper than her superficial lifestyle will allow her to admit.

Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book unexpectedly in my bookpost last week. I read the blurb on this one and was intrigued as to what sort of person would like to up and leave our planet. Travel through a wormhole in the Pacific Ocean and live with 100 strangers {a colony of scientists already have paved the way} in a live social experiment where there is a one way ticket, no way back.
As we are following Iris's story there is no techno explanations to why it is one way yet Earth will be able to view everything. A
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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Lucy Mitchell
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Tara O'sullivan
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything You Ever Wanted is about going to live on another planet, but there’s nothing sci-fi about it. Iris is stuck in the rut of her monotonous, unfulfilling life, hating her job, passing evenings at the pub with her colleagues, navigating a tense relationship with her mother and passing through unsatisfying relationships. She is full of frustration and ennui for the way her world is, the social media scrolling and the meaningless buzzwords in meetings. It’s so relatable and real, and Sauma ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you read something and it feels like the author reached deep into your soul and pulled out all the things you've been feeling but have no idea how to express and somehow managed to put them into words out into this world. That's exactly how I felt while reading this book. I relate so intensely with Iris and her apathy with life on Earth and feeling "like a mad, stupid monkey wearing human skin, barely passing". I like that this book is about wanting and trying to escape but no matter h ...more
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
The first half of this book is full of Iris’ longing to be anywhere but here, to be off of the Earth, to be full of depression and longing to live a life that she’s not living.

The second half of this book is full of Iris’ regret of joining the group to live on Nyx instead of Earth. A “be careful what you wish for, because it may come true” type of scenario.

At the end, you’re not sure if Iris has gone crazy, if she’s still alive, or if she’s died.

Worth reading once. Would not read again. It wo
Katie Bray
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Monica Shoshanna
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
This novel had a very strong start and a lot of potential, but a weak finish. Whilst I really liked the unique concept, writing and character development, unfortunately three quarters of the way through, things went downhill. This book had the potential to be so much better.

The story is about Iris, a young woman in her late twenties who is fed up with her meaningless existence and feels that she's going through the motions of life. She has a pointless job which she hates and finds no purpose in.
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Luiza Sauma is the author of 'Everything You Ever Wanted' and 'Flesh and Bone and Water'. She was born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in London. Luiza worked at the Independent on Sunday for several years before becoming a novelist. She has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she won the Pat Kavanagh Award.

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