Synopses & Reviews
From a bold new talent comes a smart, stylish near-future thriller that fuses the fierce imagination of The Matrix
with the chilling social vision of Minority Report
Set in the day after tomorrow, Idlewild opens as a young man awakes with amnesia: He cannot remember who he is and doesn't recognize anything around him-all he knows for sure is that someone is trying to kill him. Not certain whom he can trust, he becomes reacquainted with eight companions, all of whom are being trained at a strange school run by an enigmatic figure named Maestro. Working to uncover the identity of the person who has attempted to murder him, the young man quickly starts to unravel a series of truths, making it clear that much more than just his life is at stake.
Taking the best of the genre and transcending it, Sagan's cool debut will appeal to fans of Neil Gaiman and Orson Scott Card, while also drawing in readers of novels such as House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski and Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk.
"Idlewild nips along quite nicely....Sagan may have more imagination than he knows what to do with a wonderful thing in a new author." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"The tension is palpable from the first page....In his first novel, the son of Carl Sagan captures perfectly the voice and actions of a rebellious, extremely intelligent teenager." Sally Estes, Booklist
"[P]lods through terrain all too familiar to SF readers....Sagan may not be the next Philip K. Dick or William Gibson, but he shows enough talent here to suggest he can improve on pacing in the promised sequel." Publishers Weekly
"Sagan's novel lacks...richness and depth, occasionally reading more like a drawn-out short story rather than a novel. Still, disregarding publicity hype, it is a fine debut by a writer with potential to grow..." Library Journal
"A genuine page-turner. Absolutely fun, like a roller-coaster ride of fusion fiction: starts out like Amber meets The Matrix, and as it goes on, it turns into several something elses....Gripping...the kind of book you simply don't want to stop reading." Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American Gods
"The essential read for the Matrix generation download now! Sagan has a ferocious imagination; I caught echoes of Gibson, Egan, Stephenson. A great read!" Stephen Baxter
A debut novel about a young man who is suddenly startled awake with no memory and someone is trying to kill him.
A young man is suddenly startled awake. He has no memory. He knows only one thing for certain: Someone is trying to kill him.
Unsure of whom to trust, he is reacquainted with eight companions-trainees of an enigmatic figure known as Maestro. As he attempts to unearth his past and outwit an unseen enemy, skills he never knew he had come into play. And it soon becomes clear that there is far more than his life at stake...
A young man is suddenly startled awake to find he has no memory--and someone is trying to kill him. "A genuine page turner . . . like a roller-coaster ride of fusion fiction."--Neil Gaiman ("The Sandman").
"A genuine page turner...like a roller-coaster ride of fusion fiction." (Neil Gaiman)
About the Author
Nick Sagan has been a screenwriter for ten years. Idlewild is his first novel. The son of astronomer and novelist Carl Sagan, he lives in Ithaca, New York.