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
GenreFantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction, Dystopia

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...
  • Will Byrnes
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me… --- Psalm 23But what if you were walking through the valley of the death of shadows? Who or what might be with you then? If, as Macbeth proclaims, life’s but a walking shadow, what becomes of the poor player when even the shadow has walked? Peng Shepherd - from her site - Photo by Rachel CrittendenThere have been two major periods in my l...
  • Emer
    Happy UK Publication Day to this brilliant dystopian!Wow. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end... BUT I WAS 100% HOOKED!!!! From page one I was thoroughly ensnared and did not want to put this down for a second. The premise for the book I think is genius; one day in the near future a man's shadow suddenly disappears in the middle of a market in India. It's ...
  • Hannah
    I love books that are not easily classifiable – and this is just that. It is speculative fiction but also incorporates a feeling of magical realism, it is a romance (and it is really not), it is just absolutely lovely. I adore the premise above all else: at some point in the not so distant future people start losing their shadows and with them, slowly but inexorably, their memories. First the small things but then bigger and bigger things until...
  • Lou
    I am really into apocalyptic novels of late and this is an innovative and extraordinary one. It is a truly outstanding debut for an author that I will be putting on my "ones to watch" list. Peng Shepherd, I salute you!After reading the synopsis, I got unbelievably excited about the prospect of diving into this, having that amount of pure anticipation is a rarity for me. I'm usually cool, calm, and collected. I knew then that it was going to eithe...
  • Karen
    This book deserves ALL the stars!! ALL!! It’s brilliant, beautifully written, and one of the most hopeful post-apocalyptic books I’ve ever read. The Book of M is by far my favorite read so far of 2018. Whenever I think of my favorite all time epic books in this genre (The Stand, The Passage, and Swan Song) The Book of M will now and forever more be in my list.I’m not sure how to even tell anyone what this book is about. It’s a story about...
  • Emma
    Just like Peter Pan, the people in Peng Shepherd’s novel, The Book of M, are having trouble with their shadows. For reasons that never become known, shadows are disappearing, sometimes from an individual, sometimes whole cities at once. Told by four linked characters, with a multitude of diverse experiences threaded through their stories, this book follows their course through a world fundamentally changed by destructive magic. If you’d asked...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Krista
    Where did the shadows go? Ory wondered. He didn't even care about the why any more. Only the where. The why was inexplicable. Ory didn't believe in magic, but he knew in his heart that what had happened was nothing that could be understood by humans. It was no natural disaster, no disease, no biological weapon. The best name he'd ever heard for it was curse. Because in the end it didn't matter who you were. No one escaped – either because they ...
  • Kara
    I think this is my second 5 star book of 2018, so that should tell you something. When I get done editing my current manuscript I'm going to have SO many reviews to catch up on, and this is one of those books I will definitely write a review for.I will say, the ending is not what I had hoped for. But it did fit with the book as a whole. I'm always looking for authors who can craft a good story from beginning to end, and it's actually a pretty har...
  • Chihoe Ho
    The Book of M uses a simple premise: sometime in the future, the population is afflicted by "The Forgetting" - a phenomenon where people lose their shadows, and with that their memories. It seems like a far-fetched idea, but as the story unravels, it becomes (almost) believable that this could be a reality. What are the memories you hold dear? Who are we without our memories?Peng Shepherd's writing is beautiful and conjures up images of what this...
  • Janelle
    Review to come...
  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    This book was AMAZING. Set in a post apocalyptic world, a strange phenomenon is taking over the world. People lose their shadows and in due time their memories one by one until they die (might forget how to open door/eat food/breathe).Inspiration: inspired by Zero Shadow Day, an astronomical phenomenon restricted to a few geographical locations in India. Twice a year shadows disappear for a few moments due to an alignment of sun and earth.What to...
  • Stephanie
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. It does not impact my review. 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.While I did like the book, I wanted to like it more than I actually did. The pace is pretty slow as the world building is established and it took me awhile to re...
  • Aentee
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review. I also read a large part of this book via audiobook, which was purchased through my own Audible account.The Book of M is a one of the best post-apocalyptic fiction I have read in recent years, and it’s hard to believe it’s a debut novel. It’s a poignant examination of human memories and connection, filled with powerful and surrealistic imageries...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    An interesting apocalyptic story that uses Indian mythology and lots of magical realism. As people lose their shadows, they also begin to lose their memories. At 17 hours, though, this audiobook was a bit long, and the story probably could have been pared down without losing the central theme. 3.5 ⭐ An interesting apocalyptic story that uses Indian mythology and lots of magical realism. As people lose their shadows, they also begin to lose th...
  • Michelle
    Check out my book review on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...Gripping, intriguing, fantastic! Three words to describe this book. This book was seriously amazing! I loved how it was very intriguing from the very beginning and draws you into the unknown and unfathomable, into a world where nothing is at it seems and the in-seemingly possible is possible. It was beautifully written and I loved Shepherd’s style of writing. The ...
  • Frank
    For me it was The Book of Meh. On paper (pun intended) this should have been the perfect book for me. When I read the description I thought, "Have I just stumbled upon another post-apocalyptic favorite? Could this be a book to squeeze onto the shelf with The Road, Oryx and Crake, The Stand, Birdbox, and World War Z?" Sadly the answer is a resounding no. For several reasons.1) When the writing was good, it was pretty good. Often however it was cho...
  • Brian Durfee
    I admit I found out about this fabulous debut after meeting the author at Phoenix Comic Con and sharing a drink with her amid a group of other fellow authors. I could see how thrilled she was to have her book coming out soon and so I in turn was excited to see what she had done. I bought this book earlier today (it was available in my local Barnes & Noble a day early) and finished it in 5 hours. I normally steer clear of dystopian post-apocalypti...
  • 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...
  • Saraya
    Oh my goodness! I finished this book about 15 minutes ago and I can’t stop thinking about it. This book was a revelation. From the start I did not know what was happening, how the story would develop or where it would end… But I was 100% HOOKED!!!!I fell for the characters right from the beginning. They were so perfectly created, they felt like real people, like friends. The relationships built between characters were so investing. I loved ho...
  • the gift
    ... it seems in an alternate universe post-apocalyptic world: science-fiction is a literary challenge to bring the noted common 'mundane' writing 'quality' to readers of such junk fiction, who are, often proudly, not very convinced they are missing something. such as: characters in rounded, familiar dimensions, plots not almost entirely familiar to a genre reader but close, language always admirable in efficient communication but rarely offering ...
  • Cat
    Wow, this book was a ride! It was such a well-crafted apocalypse with a terrifying premise. Forgetting oneself is a horrible thought, but add onto that the magic in this book and it's all the more scary. But it's also brilliantly done. The cast of characters and different perspectives always keep you interested and drive you to read on, and the relationships built between characters are so investing. I absolutely loved how multicultural this book...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Jenny
    I just couldn’t make myself finish this book, and I ALWAYS finish books, no matter how painful. So this is a first for me. I bought this book because of all the favorable reviews and the premise of the story, a post apocalyptic world where memories are tied to shadows and purple begin to lose both. I was promised a book that would grab me right away, but this one never did. I never got hooked or even remotely into the story or the characters. W...
  • Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
    It's been a long time since a book hit me this hard. I don't yet have any words.James Fouhey and Emily Woo Zeller were amazing on the audio.
  • Steve
    Not sure how much I really liked this one, another in a long list of "slow apocalypse" -type books. This reminded me a lot of California.This would probably be a good book to listen to during the winter time, a book that is sort of long, detailed, and somewhat plodding at times, like that season. Definitely not a summer vacation book, and unfortunately, that's when I read it.