Everything You Ever Wanted (Hardback)Luiza Sauma (author)
You wake up. You go to work. You don't go outside for twelve hours at a time. You have strategy meetings about how to use hashtags. After work you order expensive drink after expensive drink until you're so blackout drunk you can't remember the circumstances which have led you to waking up in bed with your colleague. The next day you stay in bed until the afternoon, scrolling through your social media feeds and wondering why everyone else seems to be achieving so much.
Sometimes you don't get out of bed at all.
Then you hear about Life on Nyx, a programme that allows 100 lucky winners the chance to escape it all, move to another planet and establish a new way of life. One with meaning and purpose. One without Instagram and online dating. There's one caveat: if you go, you can never come back.
But you aren't worried about that.
After all, what on Earth could there possibly be to miss?
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 324 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 24 mm
'I read it quickly one weekend, engrossed in Iris's story. Sauma skewers the falsities and disappointments of contemporary life and work with rare sensitivity, unfolding an evocative narrative of unearthly escape. I loved it.' - Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start From
'Uplifting, unputdownable and mordantly funny, Everything You Ever Wanted is the dystopian beach read you didn't know you needed. It's a love letter to London from outer space. It's both a speculative dystopian drama and a deadpan office satire. It's a brilliantly relatable and ambitious ode to the humdrum and the sublime; a truly original novel that captures the pleasures and displeasures of modern, earthly life.' - Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
'Beautifully written . . . Everything You Ever Wanted explores our current obsession with a meaningful life.' - Bookseller
'Everything You Ever Wanted is one of the most original and urgent novels I've read this year. Sauma dives under the skin of the way we live now and makes it into an astonishing new shape. Funny, heart-breaking and thought-provoking - a novel that talks about all the things we are most afraid to talk about. Read it!' - Clare Fisher, author All the Good Things
'An important and poignant novel that captures the ennui, panic and stubborn optimism of the zeitgeist with spirit, humour and a fearless portrayal of human truth.' - Helen Cullen, author of The Lost Letters of William Woolf
'Everything You Ever Wanted is so sharp-eyed about our hidden hopes and tiny hypocrisies. Even the most fantastical elements feel painfully, perfectly true. I'd follow Sauma's voice down any wormhole.' - Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Like You
'Sublime.' - Otegha Uwagba, author of The Little Black Book
'Courageous, haunting, and beautiful-with Everything You Ever Wanted Luiza Sauma takes us on a breathtaking voyage through both the farthest reaches of space and the innermost depths of the human soul.' - Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M
'A daring and original novel that asks profound questions about the way we live today whilst being simultaneously playful and fun. Sauma is brilliant at nailing the details of contemporary life in a way that is recognisable to anyone who has suffered the mundanity of office jobs.' - Laura Kaye, author of English Animals
'An arresting debut about memory and trauma. In this respect and others, it resembles Julian Barnes's Man Booker-winner, The Sense of an Ending.' - Daily Telegraph on Flesh and Bone and Water
'Luiza Sauma's debut novel is that rare thing: a completely absorbing, brilliantly-designed, literary work.' - Anita Shreve on Flesh and Bone and Water
'Her writing is beautiful. I am sure I'll see her name on the spine of many a novel to come.' - Rachel Seiffert, author of the Booker-shortlisted The Dark Room
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“Disclaimer: This Review Is Everything You Ever Wanted”
Disclaimer: As a child my one ambition was to gain passage on a space shuttle heading to colonize Mars.
Disclaimer 2: I am no longer a child, and until I read 'Everything You Ever Wanted' this was still my... More
“Everything You've Ever Wanted”
I've just finished this book and feel like I was completely submerged in it. Once I started I could not put it down.
Iris is a character that will stay with me for a long time.
Haunting, original and brilliantly... More
“Poignant and gripping”
Beautifully written, this is an emotional, thoughtful take on the sci-fi trope of colonisers on a new planet. The characters are hauntingly real, and the ending is one of the most memorable I've read in a long... More
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