Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Serial: Asleep by Zachary Bonelli

Asleep is the first installment of the +Insomnium serial. I received a copy of Asleep from the author in exchange for my review.

Nel is living in a Seattle where society has almost collapsed, with shortages of just about everything, including water, due to the previous generation's excesses. When he falls asleep one day he wakes up in Nowhere, a city inhabited with strange creatures. Here he meets several other people like himself, who don't belong in Nowhere but have somehow ended up there, all wanting to go home.

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The first thing that really struck me about Asleep was just how different it was from Bonelli's other work, Voyage Embarkation. Honestly, if you didn't know that they were by the same author, then you probably wouldn't realise, apart from a few cross over concepts. Overall, Asleep had a much more adult feel about it, the characters seemed older and more worldly from the off.

The cross over information means that people who have read +Voyage: Embarkation will pick up on little nods towards the events of the serial, but you don't have to have read it to be able to understand and enjoy Asleep. The characters are completely new and the concepts involved are explained in the story.

One of the main differences between the two works is the number of principle characters. In Voyage, you started with just one recurring character and ended with two (Kal and Tria), whereas Asleep has introduced three characters already who have the potential to become recurring characters, I'm interested to see where this one goes.

Another difference is that Asleep ended on much more of a cliffhanger than Voyage Embarkation episodes, though how I feel about this remains to be seen, I think its quite difficult to know after just the first episode!

I certainly haven't been disappointed by Bonelli's latest offering, this was a solid introduction and I am intrigued and excited to see where it leads!