Image of The Sudden Appearance of Hope


Image of The Sudden Appearance of Hope

Ostensibly a thriller concerning international espionage, this is an inquiry into modern human existence. Philosophical questions are threaded through the electrifying plot. Even the protagonist’s darknet alias is “why.” Reminiscent of William Gibson’s best work, North leads us into a brilliant world of elite but mindless humans, and shines a sharp light on what a rare gift it is to be able to think for oneself and what the consequences of it are.

At 16, Hope’s face becomes forgettable. No one who sees her remembers meeting her and, little by little, she slips into a world of her own. She amuses herself by becoming a jewel thief; she works her way into elite circles whose only goal is to become part of a “perfect” society as dictated by an app that awards them points when they act according to its direction. Later, Hope embarks on a mission to steal something more valuable than diamonds: a Mobius strip of information from a company that is brainwashing people. But Hope is not the only one interested in the future Perfection, and she becomes caught between two ex-lovers. In order to become memorable, Hope must choose between them, deciding her future and the future of the world. (REDHOOK, May, 480 pp., $27.00)

Reviewed by: 
Marian Lorraine