How long can a person survive without sleep? Studies show that lack of sleep reduces cognitive function, affects memory, and can cause hallucinations. In normal circumstances, the individual will simply give in to sleep eventually.
Fatal Familial Insominia, however, results in death.
The rare human genetic disorder Fatal Familial Insomnia causes extended sleeplessness and is fatal after about six to 30 months, according to Scientific American magazine. However, it says the condition is misnamed because death results from multiple organ failure rather than sleep deprivation.
Black Moon posits an unusual plague that results in sleeplessness, an insomnia that affects the planet. One area might experience the problem, while other areas continue to dismiss the possibility...but ultimately, more than 99% of the world's population loses the ability to sleep.
For some reason, a very few individuals appear to be immune. Matt Biggs is one of these, and he does everything he can to save his wife as she slides into dementia. When she runs away, Matt sets out on a journey to find her, but the world of sleepless people is a dangerous one. In their delirium, the sleepless who find a sleeper will murder without thought or mercy, and Matt must locate safe places to sleep if he wants to remain alive.
But there are other stories as well included as well: Chase, Felicia, and Lila.
A strange but fascinating novel.
Read in September; review scheduled for February.
Dystopian. March 4, 2014. Print version: 288 pages.