In the future, a virus threatens humanity with extinction. During the Great Sleep, nearly all men on the planet suddenly perish, throwing the world into chaos.

For the few left behind, but one hope remains: an experimental drug that keeps carriers of the virus awake for 21 straight days.

The treatment offers a slim chance of survival, but those willing to undergo the trial do so at the risk of losing their very minds.

Joseph Conrad is about to begin this treatment…AGAINST HIS WILL.

Read the book that others have called, “daringly original,” “a real page-turner,” and “filled with startling imagery.”

If you’ve enjoyed books such as I am Legend by Richard Matheson, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, or Misery and Gerald’s Game by Stephen King, then this novel will surely satisfy your taste for something new. (Summary via Amazon)

If the cover of Apnea by Jay Sizemore doesn’t scare you, then the story will !! I thought I was going to have to sleep with the lights on for the forseeable future….that is to say if I would ever sleep again !!

In Apnea the men only are being hit with a virus called Virus Y that is killing them. The men have to test their blood every morning and every night to see if they have contracted the virus. If they haven’t they get to live another day worry free. If the test comes back stating that they have contracted the virus, they have to contact their government. There is supposedly a cure called YAPNEA which is a series of shots being administered for 21 days which makes the recipient unable to sleep.

In Apnea readers are introduced to a handful of men and women who are dealing with different perspectives of the virus….however you are mainly focusing on Joseph and Virginia, a husband and wife. Joseph tested himself one morning and found out he was positive for the virus and instead of contacting the government like instructed, he turns off the machine. He decides that he would rather die than deal with the virus. Unfortunately Virginia turns on the machine and sees that he tested postive and decides for him that he is going to receive the injections and she is going to give them to him. But seeing as Joe does not want to receive them, she has to handcuff him to their bed.

Readers will get lost in this story and loss sleep for reasons unlike the Y virus. You will want to see the outcome of Joseph’s treatment and what happens with their lives….as well as everything else going on in the story. I have just given you a glimpse inside this crazier than Stephen King novel…..

Now if you will excuse me I am going to go play with kittens…..

Apnea is a captivating story and readers will enjoy it as long as them remind themselves that it is not real….open at your own risk.


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