A man from India looses his shadow. Soon he is broadcast live around the world. What initially was thought of as a miracle, soon turns out to be a disaster, when the man starts loosing his memories as well. The phenomenon spreads, and what happens to a world wherein people can’t remember who they are, or how to do things?
This book follows a few different characters, and shows this catastrophe from different points of view. The most interesting in my opinion is the one that follows a husband and wife, still both with their shadows, when one day one of them ends up loosing their shadow. The way Shepherd manages to describe their relationship, and how they deal with this situation is hauntingly beautiful.
For a debut novel, this has been done amazingly well. She manages to weave all the different points of view into one cohesive storyline. It’s nearly 500 pages long, but it doesn’t feel that way. This is an absolute page turner and I had a really hard time putting it down. This will appeal to readers who love dystopian novels; books like Station Eleven and The Road.