Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite
In Fresh Sobbing Winds by Pierre Bunikiewicz, immortality is a disease like the common cold, but with worse side-effects. In the city of Norangeles, no one can die but everyone ages and more and more people are succumbing to the disease of Nasclerosits, an advanced stage of the Immodlo-Virus where victims turn into the living dead and are sent to the Mines where they are never heard from again. Luckily, in this world overpopulation isn’t a problem as the disease of immortality renders most of its carriers sterile and there are harsh Sterility Laws that deter most couples from conceiving. But there is a rogue faction of rebels who are against the Sterility Laws and believe in a special woman, the ‘Sheen,’ who has the ability to birth the child that will save them all. In a gritty novel that seems to be a mix of other darkly futuristic science fiction novels like 1984 and Children of Men, Pierre Bunikiewicz explores what could happen when the one thing we take for granted – death - is taken away from us.
Fresh Sobbing Winds by Pierre Bunikiewicz is an interesting novel, one in which the plot and premise draw you in more than the actual characters. Sometimes I did feel a little left behind as the book jumped from one micro chapter to another and certain scenes and conflicts felt a little unresolved. Despite that, Fresh Sobbing Winds by Pierre Bunikiewicz is a novel that kept me thinking about its premise long after I finished reading.