Monday, May 14, 2012
Immobility by Brian Evenson
“They lapsed into silence. The problem with faith, thought Horkai, is that there’s no arguing with it. Same problem, he admitted to himself, with lack of faith” (134).
Brian Evenson’s Immobility is both a stirring post-apocalyptic thriller and a thoughtful meditation on faith and what it means to be human. For what is faith but the decision to trust what others are telling us in answer to questions that we cannot answer?
Horkai must decide whether to trust the man who awoke him, the man who sends him on the backs of human “mules” to retrieve a mysterious cylinder. Or the keepers of this cylinder, men who share his physical attributes and seemingly supernatural powers of recovery. Whom does he trust? Is he saving humanity or dooming it? And even if Horkai is still human, is humanity worth saving?
I finished Immobility a week ago, and its ending haunts me still. Highly recommended.