Amnesia Moon is a wacky and sometimes incomprehensible tale of a post-apocalyptic America in which no one can agree exactly what caused the collapse of civilization. For some, it was nuclear war; for others, it was aliens; and for one town, it was a green mist that blinded the populace. The hero, alternately named Everett Moon or Chaos, wanders through these places, journeying from one surreal post-apocalyptic community to the next. There is only one constant: Some people have the power to control others’ dreams or even their waking thoughts, and those people are in charge wherever Chaos goes. In fact, Chaos is a dreamer himself, and his traveling companion is a young mutant girl covered with fur whom he may actually have dreamed up. We never find out exactly what happened to this world, but the story is in the journey, so we don’t really care. Lethem’s unique brand of storytelling shines in this early novel of his.
May 3, 2009
Worth Reading: Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem
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