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Inspection: A Novel Hardcover – 19 March 2019

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"A wonderfully mad bit of narrative knotwork, braiding together threads of The Handmaid's Tale and BioShock with aplomb . . . Josh Malerman is a master at unsettling you--and keeping you off-balance until the last page is turned."--Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Blackbirds and Wanderers

"[Inspection] mashes up gender issues with Frankenstein. . . . Taking a cue from the godmother of horror, Mary Shelley, Malerman's latest, Inspection, appreciates that the scary part is not the lurking, growling monster, but instead exploring the real-world ramifications of such a seemingly fantastical proposition."--The Oakland Press

"Inspection proves that Josh Malerman is a master magician of narrative form. He's distilled the zeitgeist of our terrible times into this dazzling chameleon of a story, part Grimm's fairy tale of innocent youth, part dystopian gender politics and authoritarianism run amok, with a satisfying Tarantino-esque ending."--Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger

"A twisted fairy tale set in a truly unique world whose secrets should not be spoiled, Josh Malerman's Inspection reimagines the pillars of childhood in a smart, witty, and compulsively readable story of growth and rebellion. Read it and enjoy the discovery."--Scott Hawkins, author of The Library at Mount Char

"Engaging and suspenseful! Malerman creates a fiendish fairy tale of a world where boy was never meant to meet girl and of the hell unleashed when they finally do."--J. D. Barker, internationally bestselling author of The Fourth Monkey and Dracul

"Fast-paced, tension-filled [and] with lots to think about . . . Malerman's latest has all of the claustrophobic tension his fans crave, but this time the monsters are 100 percent human. . . . Think Shirley Jackson writing Lord of the Flies. Hand to fans of Margaret Atwood or Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro."--Booklist (starred review)

"Malerman gives a master class in mood-building with this deliciously creepy coming-of-age story. I don't want to spoil anything because you need to savor every line, but I'd call it Dead Poets Society as directed by Tim Burton. Sounds good, doesn't it?"--Sylvain Neuvel, author of the Themis Files series

"A disturbing coming-of-age story set in a cruel and unthinkable place. Malerman has built a twisted sanctuary that shows us the horrors of conviction."--Dathan Auerbach, author of Bad Man and Penpal

"Inspection is Josh Malerman's best work to date, a riveting, terrifying, and ultimately life-affirming fable. I'd put Inspection on the same tier as other great novels of dictatorial manipulation such as Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. An experience not to be missed by an author who is firing on all cylinders."--Philip Fracassi, author of Behold the Void

"Smart, scary, and utterly compelling. Don't let the parents catch you with it." --Matt Ruff, author of Lovecraft Country

About the Author

Josh Malerman is a New York Times bestselling author and one of two singer/ songwriters for the rock band The High Strung. His debut novel, Bird Box, is the inspiration for the hit Netflix film of the same name. His other novels include Unbury Carol and Inspection. Malerman lives in Michigan with his fiancée, the artist/musician Allison Laakko.

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Erica Robyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Just screaming for a film adaptation!
Reviewed in the United States on 30 March 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Malerman's Brilliance Shines Through Again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspect this!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read with a lackluster conclusion
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4.0 out of 5 stars The darkest coming of age story?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable, which makes for good reading
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely different
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry and Hermione meet with a Truman Show, in a cave of Plato's
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was cool journey
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5.0 out of 5 stars A slow burn that becomings enthralling
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