Nod explores the slow disintegration of humanity through sleep deprivation. Reality is distorted as the conceptual fiction of the world of Nod turns fact in the eyes of the Awakened. A harsh insomnia overthrows the daily grind, replacing it with a hazed infused horror fun-house that strips the characters down to their basic need to just survive.
While I was expecting a different story, Nod delivers in establishing a truly atmospheric semi-dystopian infused survival horror.
Yet the most endearing element comes from the death of a long term relationship between Paul (one of the few Sleepers - people who are able to maintain nightly sleep) and his is partner Tanya (one of the many Awakened, those in a perpetual state of insomnia). Their close bond pre the end of the world balances on the edge of ending before falling over the void into nothingness. Add cult-like theorists and an easy manipulation of will, and Tanya and Paul's life together was going to always take a turn for the worse. Not forgetting the fact that the Awakened have a vastly shortened life span as it is.
I sympathize with other reviews I've read; the story ends without providing full closure a with a couple of plot threads left hanging. However, I didn't find these complaints overbearing and still enjoyed the book for the most part.
I was provided a copy of Nod by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.