How confused are you right now that the title of this post does not match the picture of the book?
You can blame JJ Abrams for that.
Yah, that’s right. That JJ Abrams.
This is the most involved, most confusing, but also most unique book I’ve read in awhile. I’ve owned this book for over a year but didn’t read it until it was picked for the book club at work (guess who suggested it).
Here’s the deal. The book is called S but consists of another book called Ship of Theseus written by the very mysterious VM Straka. Inside you’ll find the SOT story itself + handwritten notes from 2 present day characters who are reading SOT + a great many inserts (maps, napkins, postcards, letters).
Yah, that’s right. It’s a story with a story. Storyception, if you will.
There are multiple ways to read this book. The tactic that worked for me: read SOT all the way through, go back and read set #1 of the notes, go back and read set #2 of the notes, go back and read set #3 of the notes. I read the footnotes and inserts whenever they were needed.
Yah, that’s right. You have to go cover to cover 4 times.
I think I enjoyed SOT itself the most. By the 3rd read through I was getting really close to losing momentum. It doesn’t help that some of them notes are from different time periods but are in the same color ink. O_O
If you can get your hands on it, give it a whirl. It’s really an interesting reading experience.
Amazon: S by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst