Early Riser by Jasper Fforde
(Hodder & Stoughton, 2018)

Early Riser

by Jasper Fforde

Imagine a world where all humans must hibernate through a brutally cold winter, their bodies dangerously close to death as they enter an ultra-low metabolic state of utterly dreamless sleep. All humans, that is, apart from the Winter Consuls, a group of officers who diligently watch over the vulnerable sleeping citizens.

Charlie Worthing is a novice, chosen by a highflying hero Winter Consul to accompany him to the Douzey, a remote sector in the middle of Wales, to investigate a dream which is somehow spreading amongst those in the hibernational state, causing paranoia, hallucination and a psychotic episode that can end in murder.

Worthing has been trained to deal with Tricksy Nightwalkers whose consciousness has been eroded by hibernation, leaving only one or two skills and an incredible hunger; he’s been trained to stay alive through the bleakest and loneliest of winters - but he is in no way prepared for what awaits him in Sector Twelve. There are no heroes in Winter, Worthing has been told. And he’s about to find out why…

Reviews

Fans of Jasper Fforde’s unique blend of comic dystopia and quirky British cosiness will not be disappointed with his first novel in six years”
- The Guardian
The feverish inventiveness of Jasper Fforde’s latest novel is exhaustive”
- The Times
Charlie's journey ... is so absorbing, and Fforde's wit so sharp, the reveal that the narrative is also a commentary on capitalism comes across as a brilliant twist ... Whip-smart, tremendous fun, and an utter delight from start to finish.”
- Kirkus, Starred review
With humour as British as a helping of spotted dick and custard comes this new novel from the author of the hugely successful Thursday Next series... Fforde keeps the puns and neologisms coming thick and fast while exploring every facet of his novel's intriguing premise.”
- The Financial Times