Charlie Worthing just wants to do the right thing. He takes a job with the Winter Counsul because it pays better than any other opportunity open to someone of his social class, but when he discovers that people are in danger, he does everything he can to save them. If only he can figure out where the real danger lies - because it’s not just villains but the winter itself that can be deadly.
Early Riser is a wildly creative adventure from bestselling novelist Jasper Fforde, best known for surreal fantasy stories laced with absurdist humor and set in worlds that are just a little sideways from our own. In this case, the world is one where the Ice Age never ended, and humans have developed the ability to hibernate through the winter. Fforde fleshes out this world with tea-drinking villains who have posh English accents, strange creatures lurking in the snow who leave their victims’ clothes perfectly folded, mysterious viral dreams involving a blue Buick, and a sleep aid medication that causes a zombie-like side effect… which may or may not have been intentional. A great story for fans of weird, wild stories looking for some laughs - and some escape from the summer heat. - Michelle (Sunset)