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The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
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The Oracle Year

Debut
We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Charles Soule, on your first book!

by Charles Soule

Quick take

When Will Dando wakes up with the ability to predict the future, he finds himself making millions, changing the world, and pissing a lot of people off.

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    Fast read

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    Action-packed

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    Quirky

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    Movieish

Why I love it

Samantha Irby
Author, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

I don’t read a lot of sci-fi. In other words, The Oracle Year is the kind of book I might glance at for like a second before skulking off to the romance section. But something about the story of a regular guy who suddenly has the ability to see the future intrigued me, so here we are. Who would have thought a “political technothriller” would not only be readable, but compelling?

Will Dando, a sometimes-employed, 20-something-year-old bass player wakes up one day with 108 predictions about the future in his head. While I, a coward, would go back to sleep and pretend nothing unusual had happened, Will, an actual good person, creates a website to anonymously share—and okay, profit from—his knowledge with the world. Not surprisingly, everything spirals out of control and Will quickly creates a bunch of terrifyingly high-powered enemies (like the U.S. government).

Though The Oracle Year is packed with high-tech computer stuff and fancy government lingo, the plot was actually fun to read (but I still couldn’t confidently explain to you how coding works or what, exactly, the Chief of Staff is). It has the energy and urgency of those thrillers stocked in the checkout line at the drugstore but it’s also super smart and emotionally accessible, a breathtaking adventure about an ordinary dude just trying to use his newfound power to save the world. Strap in. You'll be glad you took the ride.

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Synopsis

Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded Web site with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. In no time, global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies.

He's also making a lot of high-powered enemies, from the President of the United States and a nationally prominent televangelist to a warlord with a nuclear missile and an assassin grandmother. Legions of cyber spies are unleashed to hack the Site—as it's come to be called—and the best manhunters money can buy are deployed not only to unmask the Oracle but to take him out of the game entirely. With only a handful of people he can trust—including a beautiful journalist—it's all Will can do to simply survive, elude exposure, and protect those he loves long enough to use his knowledge to save the world.

Delivering fast-paced adventure on a global scale as well as sharp-witted satire on our concepts of power and faith, Marvel writer Charles Soule's audacious debut novel takes readers on a rollicking ride where it's impossible to predict what will happen next.

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2505 ratings
  • 31% Love
  • 51% Like
  • 12% Dislike
  • New York, NY

    This was a great book. It’s a page turner. It’s smart. It’s funny. It’s unexpected in the best way. What I didn’t like: my copy was a misprint and had a 30+ page section missing from page 312-345. boo

  • Philadelphia, PA

    Every time I thought i had it figured out something would change. It’s a crazy story but really shows you that all you really need in life is a good friend. You can’t keep your problems to yourself

  • Fort Worth , TX

    Soules comic book ties can be seen all over the plot line. Quick action and cinematic scenes keep the story moving. The story felt both familiar and innovative as the pieces started to come together.

  • Somerville, MA

    A sci-fi page turner, i read this quickly as I was fully engrossed in the plot. The author could have done more with the characters, especially in regards to their race - but the action was worth it.

  • Chandler, AZ

    This was a great book from start to finish. I've read a lot of books already this year and let me tell you, this book has the potential to be made into a movie. The characters actually grow and ther

  • Valencia, CA

    I wasn't sure what I was expecting before reading this book but it was great. I feel like it kept it realistic while making it very entertaining to read. I never could of guess what would happen next!

  • Sunnyside, NY

    Did not expect to love this book so much! It was an fascinating look into the future and how society would handle such events. The main character was so lovable and relatable (minus the predictions).

  • Atlanta, GA

    So interesting and one of a kind. Really makes you wonder what you’d do if given a great responsibility that could change the world. Definitely a fun read and action filled. Would highly recommend!

  • Lincoln, NE

    I don’t know if The Oracle Year will be remembered five years from now by most, but I know it’s character development, seemingly flawless plot, and message will remain with me for years to come.

  • New York, NY

    I absolutely LOVED this book. It was so intelligent, and based in fantasy but so grounded in realized that it all seemed entirely plausible. Author clearly thought of everything& structured it well

  • Kurtistown, HI

    This is my prediction: The Oracle Year will be a NYT best seller. The characters are diverse, the plot is unique, and the pacing is perfection. Kudos to Charles Soule for a spectacular debut novel.

  • New York, NY

    Posed very interesting questions and answered them in similarly interesting ways. You can tell Soule wrote comics--some of the physical descriptions are a little gauche--but it was still very good!

  • St Paul, MN

    I loved Soule's writing style. Once I picked up my next book, I wished it was written in the same style! So that's saying something. This intriguing, thrilling plot felt so relevant and possible!

  • Buffalo, NY

    This book was exciting from start to finish. Impossible to put down. I'm normally not a fan of sci-fi, but this book will make me think twice about dismissing the genre. Story is movie worthy.

  • Philadelphia, PA

    To be honest, I did not like this book when I started it. It wasn't my typical style. However, I ended up finishing it on a long plane ride and it was just the kind of easy, fun story I needed.

  • Alpharetta, GA

    I hated to put this book down! The mystery is solid, and the story is riveting. Soule wrote his characters in such a way that makes you truly feel for their plight, and I cannot wait for more!

  • FPO, AE

    This book was so trippy, but I loved it. All of the characters were enjoyable. The ending: spectacular (especially the bit with Hosiah Branson). The way Will and his team worked was awesome!

  • Saco, ME

    The Oracle Year had a great concept - what if an ordinary person suddenly had information about future events? How would people around him (and the general public) react? Quick, fun read.

  • Austin, TX

    LOVED this book! Kept me on the end of my seat the whole time. Couldn’t and didn’t want to put it down. The plot was just so interesting...made me wish I could see into the future hah.

  • Houston, TX

    This book is both playful and thought-provoking. It has an engaging pace, with just enough detail to make me care about the characters without too much detail. It is a really good read.

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