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Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

Early Riser

by Jasper Fforde

Quick take

An alternate world where humans hibernate, dreams go viral, and winter is not just cold, but deadly.

Good to know

  • Slow build

  • Action-packed

  • Movieish

  • Literary


  • Numerous characters and plotlines
  • Unconventional style including footnotes
  • Contains complex and detailed world-building

Why I love it

Zip up your snowsuit and grab your pillow and blanket! It’s time for a chilling, sharply funny novel, where humans hibernate half the year, and dreaming can be deadly. Welcome to the delightfully zany world of Jasper Fforde!

Charlie Worthing is a new recruit with the Winter Consuls, the scrappy agency that watches over the lucky tranche of humanity that gets to hibernate through each brutal winte...


Every Winter, the human population hibernates.

During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, devoid of human activity.

Well, not quite.

Your name is Charlie Worthing and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sle...


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    February 2019