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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
Sleeper by Sophia Frazier is really a rather unique book. As written, a young woman awakes to find the power had gone off overnight, so her alarm clock failed to wake her. Jumping out of bed, she ran to the shower, only to discover there was no water! After a quick sponge bath, she headed to her car, only to find that IT would not start. She soon realized there were no sounds of any kind, eventually coming to the realization that something had happened overnight, which apparently had killed everyone on Earth except herself. The rest of the story is a day by day account of everything she did, relying heavily on her Amish upbringing to survive in a world without electricity, grocery stores, or, well, anything. With such attention to detail, this book might well serve as an asset to a survivalist’s bug-out bag. Another reason I find this book unique is that by simply making some minor changes to the first chapter, this could easily be the tale of a pioneer woman surviving alone on the prairie early in the nineteenth century.
In Sleeper we never do find out what killed off everybody else. Whatever had caused people to fall asleep and never re-awaken, was little more than a convenient way for the author to tell the story of a strong, lone woman surviving against incomprehensible challenges. Sophia Frazier detailed the actions of the heroine superbly. The details were accurate down to the last nut and bolt, demonstrating an almost unbelievable knowledge on the part of Sophia. I was captivated by all the hard labor the heroine did on a daily basis to assure her own survival. If for no other reason than that, Sleeper is a book people should read, even if all you get out of it is a little gratitude for today’s modern conveniences.