Immobility by Brian Evenson
Josef Horkai wakes up to find he can’t move and has no memory. The people who wake him up tell him little other than that he is paralyzed from the waist down, and they need him for a critical mission. The future world is bleak and ruined by war. Josef is only told he needs to recover something that was stolen. But as he soon discovers, there is more to his mission than meets the eye.
Evenson’s desolate world is post-apocalyptic, with mysterious and bizarre characters. Immobility is a quick, yet thought-provoking read. I read it through in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. The reader experiences everything along with the paraplegic Josef, from the horrific medical procedures to uncovering terrifying truths. This science fiction thriller is intensely dramatic, dark, and chilling. With an unpredictable twist that I didn’t see coming, this story did not disappoint.