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The Sleepless (Hardcover)

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The government doesn't want you to know, but there is a way that you can bio-hack yourself to not need sleep. This drug that's going around is called Levantanil, and what it does is give you something that is called hyperinsomnia, where your body just gradually becomes less and less inclined to sleep. You do not have to worry about any side effects, because the only thing that it will do is give you more time to work, be with family, and accomplish your dreams...right?

The Sleepless by Victor Manibo does exactly that and showcases the reality that comes with being physically different than everybody else. There has been a rise of people who have suddenly not been able to sleep. People are calling it a disease. Others are calling it unnatural. A majority of the world has taken a religious outlook on it, and is deeming it "against the will and creation of God." Explore the life of Jamie, a man who has not only developed sleeplessness, but has to now figure out why he is losing his memories, and whether he is the one who murdered his dead boss. Victor Manibo is such a fantastic writer, painting an advanced technological world that feels lived in and real. His immersive storytelling, fantastic representation of Filipino culture, and bisexual protagonist are what won this book over for me.

— From Kai's Picks


Journalist Jamie Vega is Sleepless: he can’t sleep, nor does he need to. When his boss dies on the eve of a controversial corporate takeover, Jamie doesn’t buy the too-convenient explanation of suicide, and launches an investigation of his own.

But everything goes awry when Jamie discovers that he was the last person who saw Simon alive. Not only do the police suspect him, Jamie himself has no memory of that night. Alarmingly, his memory loss may have to do with how he became Sleepless: not naturally, like other Sleepless people, but through a risky and illegal biohacking process.

As Jamie delves deeper into Simon’s final days, he tangles with extremist organizations and powerful corporate interests, all while confronting past traumas and unforeseen consequences of his medical experimentation. But Jamie soon faces the most dangerous decision of all as he uncovers a terrifying truth about Sleeplessness that imperils him—and all of humanity.

About the Author

Victor Manibo is a speculative fiction writer living in New York City, and his writing is influenced by his experiences as an immigration and civil rights lawyer. As a queer immigrant and a person of color, he also writes about the lives of people with these identities.

Praise For…

“A tale of insidious, corporate-capitalist implications . . . and the human consequences of a life without dreams.” —Booklist

“Fittingly titled, as the compulsive plot will keep you turning pages, way past your bedtime. The Sleepless does what only the best science fiction can do: create a world so boldly changed—but so hauntingly true—that it teaches us much about our own.” —Sam J. Miller, Nebula Award-winning author of Blackfish City

“Move over, Minority Report. Victor Manibo’s The Sleepless has everything I want in a near-future whodunit: an irresistible ‘what if’ premise, a twisty and desperate murder investigation, and a razor-sharp examination of the chillingly recognizable dark side of a seemingly bright future. The Sleepless delivers on its promise; I could not close my eyes.” —Fonda Lee, author of the Green Bone Saga
“A fascinating murder mystery set in a world plagued by an epidemic of insomnia, The Sleepless is the corporate thriller our dystopias deserve. Manibo asks not merely how such a pandemic would change our society, but how the corrupt systems would exploit and perpetuate it.”  —John Wiswell, Nebula-winning author of “Open House on Haunted Hill”

“Manibo has crafted a sharp, immersive dose of speculative fiction, a potent blend of science fiction and noir. The Sleepless will prove its name: you won’t be able to put it down, even as bedtime beckons.” —Alex Segura, bestselling author of Secret Identity
“A meditative near-future thriller that explores grief, meaning, and time in a world that’s terrifyingly plausible.” —Lincoln Michel, author of The Body Scout

“The Sleepless is an expertly crafted tale of exploitation and deceit set within the eldritch horror of a neverending capitalist grind.” —K. M. Szpara, author of First, Become Ashes

“Bracing pageturner. . . . blending SF and mystery/thriller tropes with social justice concerns to discuss discrimination, ambition, betrayal, family, memory as defining who we are, and capitalism’s devastating will to power.” —Library Journal’s “Top Fall Debut Novels”

“Bracing pageturner. . . . blending SF and mystery/thriller tropes with social justice concerns to discuss discrimination, ambition, betrayal, family, memory as defining who we are, and capitalism’s devastating will to power.” —Library Journal’s “Top Fall Debut Novels”
Product Details
ISBN: 9781645660460
ISBN-10: 164566046X
Publisher: Erewhon
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2022
Pages: 336
Language: English