The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

The Book of M

Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself.One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. Th...

Details The Book of M

TitleThe Book of M
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreScience Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Dystopia, Adult, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Futuristic

Reviews The Book of M

  • Adam Dalva
    Shepherd has crafted a gripping, multi-faceted debut here, a dystopic future novel that goes well past the expectations of the genre. I admired the textual experimentation of this measured book, as various symbols, fonts, and perspectives try to get across the lives of the characters, who mix emotional heft with sudden, rapid action. The leads, Ory and Max, are wonderfully drawn and make for an excellent emotional core.In this world, if someone's...
  • Stephanie
    The Book of M is certainly an ambitious debut. Covering multiple characters, countries, and time in painstaking detail, it explores a new dystopian world where the loss of memories results in dangerous magic. Full Review to come.
  • Samantha Allen
    I was lucky enough to be given an advanced copy of The Book of M in exchange for an honest review. So to sum it up, go buy this book as soon as it comes out, because you won’t find a more engaging and refreshingly original dystopian story anywhere out there. And believe me, I’ve looked. The Book of M is a delight—beautifully written, deeply felt, and stunningly original, particularly for the genre. The Book of M’s world ends not through z...
  • Kevin
    Before my review, I'd like to state that I received an early copy from Edelweiss in return for an honest review.That being said, The Book of M is a brilliant story about a world where for some unknown reason people's shadows start to disappear. It's discovered that shortly after someone loses their shadow, they start losing memories. Memories like how letters make words, or how a doorknob opens a door, or that eating food keeps you alive. The wor...
  • Anissa
    The Book of M made me hope in the face of hopelessness, believe the unbelievable and in a most rare occurrence, make me grieve for all the main characters and pretty much all the secondaries. It was, all around, time well spent.In a world where people are losing their shadows, then their memories, and eventually their physical selves, everything else is a bit off kilter as well. Roads inexplicably turn into spirals, cash becomes blank paper and t...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    The Book of M was a surprising read for me, I had no idea what to expect. It's an adult dystopian that reminds me of The Passage. In this book, there is some process by which people start to lose their memories of everything after they lose their shadows and this leads to death and destruction and the falling apart of society globe wide. At the center of this is a love story between two ordinary people-- Max and Ory. Max has left Ory because she ...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    The Book of M by Peng Shepherd is a very highly recommended, unique dystopian novel. This is a noteworthy debut.An epidemic called the Forgetting first starts in India when Hemu Joshi lost his shadow. Soon it spreads and a large part of the population succumbs to the phenomenon. What happens is that people lose their shadows and their memories follow. Once shadowless people forget, they are susceptible to misremembering the world and magically ca...
  • William Bentrim
    The Book of M by Peng ShepherdThis is one of the stranger books I have read and I have read some strange ones. People start to lose their shadows and the shadows are what keeps memories. The story is about people becoming shadowless and the journey to save their memories. The shadow free folks begin to exhibit traits that threaten those with shadows and are consequently persecuted. This leads to some extremely bizarre reactions by those without s...
  • Alice
    I received an advanced reader copy of this book in the Malice Domestic conference swag bag. Dystopian is my favorite genre and I opened the book hoping to enjoy it. I finished it in 24 hours.BUY THIS BOOK.The author writes multiple POVs with ease and conviction and manipulates the multiple layers with ease and skill. My litmus test for any book is whether or not I root for the MC. I was gripping the pages near the end with how badly I wanted both...
  • Kaitlin
    The first half of this book was a solid 5 stars for me. The plot was so gripping I couldn't put the book down. But took a turn. The latter half of the story just didn't do it for me. It was all over the place and confusing. The phenomenon of shadows disappearing was never fully explained and the whole part with "The One Who Gathers" was a jumbled mess of loose ideas. The culmination of everything really fell flat for me which is so dis...
  • Rahul Kanakia
    Peng is a friend of a friend, and I read an early version of this book back before it sold. I read lots of manuscripts from unpublished writers, and most of them have major problems, both in the writing and the structure. But with this book, I remember thinking, there is really something here. It's just like when you hear the opening chords of a song on the radio, and you don't even know what it is yet, but you already know it's something new and...
  • KSH
    I received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.Pros:If I was to summarize this book in one word it would be creative. The ideas that were developed throughout the story and that came together into a cohesive plot really kept me intrigued throughout the entirety of the book. It was very well written, and the character development was believable. Without giving away anything, I would also say this book is weird. Usually that is a nega...
  • Gina
    I have been dying to read this book ever since learning about Peng's travels and research, and I am so pleased to have been able to read a Kindle advanced copy and share my thoughts.At the heart of The Book of M are a husband and wife: Ory (Orlando) and Max. They've holed up in a Virginian mountain retreat to escape a worldwide epidemic. For the past two years, they've been surviving on Ory's hunting and their own thriftiness. No one understands ...
  • Elyse Klein
    I received an early copy in exchange for my honest review:The Book of M is one of the best books I’ve ready in a long time — it’s a haunting, sad and beautiful story about a four people searching for humanity in an apocalyptic world. The book is set in modern times, but during an epidemic where most of the world has lost their memories by losing their shadows. It follows the story of 4 people — Max, Ory, Naz and the One Who Gathers as the...
  • Linnea Hartsuyker
    I had the privilege of reading this book early, because a friend of mine wrote it, and it is marvelous. As a strange phenomenon strips people of their shadows and their memories while giving them magical powers. When Max loses her shadow, she leaves her husband Ory to save him from dangers she may bring. He embarks on a quest to find her in a world that is falling apart, as she flees toward a rumored cure. This book is a beautiful fable about lov...
  • Astrotomato Maughan
    The Book of M is the wonderful debut novel by Peng Shepherd. It successfully blends magical realism and fantasy to bring us a fresh take on the post-apocalypse genre.The book centres on the journeys of wife and husband Max and Ory, who are affected in very different ways by the book’s events.The apocalypse starts simply: a man in India loses his shadow. Slowly, the entire world is dragged into the mystery. As the phenomenon spreads, the horror ...
  • Pearly
    I had been waiting to read this book ever since its conception and am honored to have received an advance copy for an honest review. The story starts off in a remote area where a couple has been hiding out. We soon realize that a pandemic has occurred in which those afflicted lose their shadow and their memory: not only of who they are but even their use and understanding of language and their need to attend to bodily functions necessary for surv...
  • Julie
    The Book of M was the first book I allowed myself to read after completing my Master's degree. It was a treat that was well worth the wait. The concept and importance of memory and everything associated is a key part of the book's plot line and at the forefront of many of the characters concerns. Written with multiple points of view, time frames, and geographical locations of the characters, the plot kept me engaged and wanting more. I paced myse...
  • Sarah
    A brilliant debut from an author to watch. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Initially, I read THE BOOK OF M before bed. Big mistake. This book kept me up at night, both because I simply couldn’t put it down, and because, once I managed to set it aside and close my eyes, I stayed awake thinking about it. Shepard’s characters are so vividly human that their trials, hopes, fears, and successes feel viscer...
  • Anna
    The Book of M is a devastating, beautiful novel. All at once, this is an adventure story, a love story, a fantasy, a dystopia, and a meditation on memory—what it means, and how it defines us as human beings. We begin in a secluded hideaway in the woods: for two years, our primary narrators, Ory and Max, have been living in an abandoned Virginia resort lodge, hiding from the volatile world. Outside their refuge, human shadows are disappearing. W...
  • Linda
    I received an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.Usually I speed-read through books but this one I read slowly because there were many scenes that I wanted to reflect upon, before moving forward through the story. This book is a must-read!Ory and Max, a happily married couple, survive the initial epidemic of losing their shadows and the ensuing memory loss until the day Max’s shadow disappears. Max leaves to protect Ory, and he embar...
  • Vicky Gottlieb
    The Book of M, Peng Shepherd’s beautiful and soulful, deep and deeply feelingdebut novel, is a poignantly rendered allegory in the guise of brilliantly crafted science fiction, guaranteed to resonate with both adolescent and adult readers! This book both exemplifies and defies genre by transporting us to a dystopian world vividly, freshly conceived yet eerily similar to our own. The story itself offers page-turning entertainment and a double ex...
  • Jay Chi
    The Book of M is for fans of post-apocalyptic novels, highly recommended to fans of Station Eleven. The novel is set in a world where people are losing their shadows, which contain their memories (similar to The Marrow Thieves). There's a few jumping storylines/perspectives that eventually coalesce and the novel is definitely character-driven with a decent cast of characters that you follow along their post-apocalyptic journey. I really wanted to...
  • Chaya Nebel
    This terrifically-well-written dystopian novel is engrossing and thrilling, as well as thought-provoking and -- for lack of a better word -- deep. Very few science fiction novels can do that. This is one that will keep you up nights reading it, and keep you up nights afterwards thinking about the issues it raises. Those issues center around memory, connections to others, survival and no less than what it means to be human. It is beautifully, haun...
  • Cheryl Force
    I received an advanced copy of the Book of M from the publisher for an honest review. From the beginning, this book captivated my interest and put me into the time and place of a story that is so engaging, it was hard to put down once I started reading. It made me think about topics to explore more later, It made me appreciate things I sometimes take for granted. It reminded me to savor my memories. Throughout the story, I wondered what I would h...
  • Yoojin Wuertz
    I was lucky enough to read this book before release, and I can't WAIT for it to go on sale so I can talk to other readers about it. I LOVED this book. It has a fantastic, intriguing premise (people start losing their shadows and with it, gradually, their memories) and as a result the world starts to fall apart. Because losing your memory is not just about not being able to remember the people and events of your life. This kind of memory loss is t...
  • Lynnea
    I received an early copy from Edelweiss in return for an honest review.One of the ways I measure a good book is if I start dreaming about it, because that's how I know I've been absorbed and am internalizing the storyline. With the Book of M, I dreamt of losing my shadow, and later, of Ory and Max -- and even elephants! -- as I made my way through this magical debut novel by Peng Shepherd.I typically do not read sci-fi or thriller/suspense books,...
  • Jenee Rager
    Very rarely am I lucky enough to get an ARC copy of a book through the goodreads giveaway program, that I know is going to have everyone talking when it comes out. This is hands down one of the most creative, enthralling books I have read, and I think it'll be one of the years bestsellers, as well as be made into a movie. It's just that good of a book.When Hemu's shadow suddenly disappears in a market in India people are intrigued. They watch him...
  • Rhonda
    It has been 24hrs since I finished THE BOOK OF M, and I am still trying to absorb how it makes me feel. Surprised and challenged, at times sad and others times remembering a passage that gave me great joy, but ultimately quite grateful to be part of Ory and Max’s extraordinary journey. It did take me a few chapters to move past wanting this to be a mystery that should be solved. Once I embraced that this was an unfolding surreal journey, I was ...