The Book of M by Peng Shepherd


What would you give up to remember?

Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself.

One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too.

Like The Passage and Station Eleven, this haunting, thought-provoking, and beautiful novel explores fundamental questions of memory, connection, and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down.

Here's what #HCCFirstLook readers thought!

"OMG! This is a debut novel??! This novel pulled at my heart strings from beginning to end! How Ms. Shepherd intricately interwove each of the characters from the start of the novel to the very end had me mesmerized. I couldn't put this book down!" - Cherie M.


"If one was to take Stephen King's The Stand, Justin Cronin's The Passage, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, and J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, put them in a blender, add some wonderment and magic, you'd end up with this book. Captivitating and proof that love truly is stronger than fear." - Tracey P.


"The Book of M, the first novel by Peng Shepherd, is a thrilling genre-bending tale ... There are moments of action, reflection, fantasy, and romance throughout the book ... it achieves a strong balance in these areas without feeling like any one aspect is overdone."- Daniel N. Read his full review here.


"The twist spun me in a circle, knocked me down, then picked me back up again. The book was unexpected. So thoroughly unexpected. You should read it just to know. Just to understand what exactly is meant by the blurb on the back. ... you will not regret going on this journey." - Stephanie B. Read her full review here.


"This book is written in such an incredible way that makes it hard to believe it is a debut novel. The Book of M tells a highly imaginative and skillfully unique story. This is such a fantastic story, written in a truly memorable fashion." - Laura R. 


"I was so impressed with this dystopian/post-apocalyptic novel. I don’t give a ton of 5 star reviews but I so enjoyed this novel, it was so exciting to read." - Brandy K. Read her full review here


"I love love love this book. Heartfelt, suprising, and captivating ... This is one of those books that would be perfect for a book club discussion." - Belinda J. Read her full review here.

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