Elysium, Or, The World After

Elysium, Or, The World After

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A computer program etched into the atmosphere has a story to tell, the story of two people, of a city lost to chaos, of survival and love. The program's data, however, has been corrupted. As the novel's characters struggle to survive apocalypse, they are sustained and challenged by the demands of love in a shattered world both haunted and dangerous.
Publisher: Seattle, WA :, Aqueduct Press,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781619760530
Branch Call Number: FICTION Brissett 2014
Characteristics: 199 pages ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Elysium
World after


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Jun 07, 2019

It's a thoughtful and interesting one for sure. It's definitely not straightforward, so just know what you're getting into, but if you enjoy high concept unusual science fiction this is worth the time. Challenging but rewarding if you're open to it.

Feb 16, 2018

This book was very difficult for me to follow. The characters change into different characters almost in every chapter. The characters begin rather normal and then change to several homosexual chapters which I didn't like at all. The Alien was a good piece towards the end.

Sep 24, 2016

I truly enjoyed Brissett's story in the post-apocalyptic world. The twists the main characters go through kept me guessing and the final resolution left me in poignant tears. Highly recommended!

Jul 12, 2016

Feminist End of the World books

May 16, 2015

Hot damn. Debut novelist Jennifer Marie Brissett takes a simple story of loss—a very human story of loss and love—and refracts it into multiple narratives to explore interesting ideas related to AI, alternate realities, and memory and history.

There certainly isn’t a shortage of novels that can claim to be complex and multilayered. And it’s come to be an expected postmodern trick to tinker under the hood of The Narrative. Few novels, however— Elysium is in this rare company—set out to explore those postmodern questions about narrative in a setting so squarely and boldly in the sci-fi tradition. The only other contemporary writer that comes close to doing this might be Christopher Priest.

Brissett fundamentally sets out to tell a story of soul mates and love—and the threats to those bonds. It’s not death or betrayal that threaten those ties with our loved ones; rather, it’s the threat of forgetting. So we create our avatars, murals, homages and memorials and write songs and poetry and tell stories. Again and again.


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