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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of the Science Fiction Novel Amnesia Moon

The science fiction novel Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem was published in the year 1995. One of the interesting facts about this book is that Lethem developed this novel by many of the short stories of catastrophic and apocalyptic events, he had written in the years.

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Author:  Jonathan Lethem

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 247

Good reads rating:  3.49/5

My Ratings: 6.98/10

Published: September 1995

Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Co

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Science Fiction Novel Amnesia Moon

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The story starts with a guy named Chaos who is a protagonist survivalist. He lives in a long-closed megaplex in Wyoming after a nuclear strike. His town is Hatfork who relies on Kellogg who the community sees as their messiah. Another matter which the story tells about Kellogg is that he receives powerful dreams and he can transfer those images to the mind of other people. Now Chaos remains uncomfortable during nighttime because his mind is extra receptive to the dreams.

In the novel, there is a tribute to Phillip K. Dick in different places. There are a number of dystopian and apocalyptic setups covered in the story. In the book, Chaos owns the name, Everett Moon, depending upon where he is. Parts of some other work of Dick are also echoed in Amnesia Moon. Some elements remind us about the work of Dick include the following:

  • The times when Moon travels to San Francisco with his travelling companion, Melinda.
  • When hallucinogenic drugs affected the perceptions of people and that provided access to other characters of the world.
  • When it was mentioned that the depicted realities in the novel split in order to hinder the hive-like alien invasion of Earth, which reminds us of one of the early novels of Dick, Eye in the Sky.

While various parts of the novel unfold, the constant element in this story is the ideology that reality is usually formed by powerful dreamers. However, the reason for a break in reality and the place of the Moon in this world is still a mystery.

Final Say on Science Fiction Novel Amnesia Moon

As the story of Amnesia Moon goes on, there are a number of adventures and mysteries highlighted in the book. Overall it is a complex novel and therefore receive my rating of 6.9/10. Since the story is developed by many short accounts, so it is a very interesting read. The author Jonathan Lethem issued the literature with the relevant justice it deserves. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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