Thursday, March 07, 2013

This Just In… Lost in Infinity by Travis Besecker

Lost in Infinity is not for everyone. The author would have you believe it is a “psychological roller coaster wrapped in the factual memoir of a chronic insomniac suffering from apeirophobia (the fear of infinity).” He would go on to explain that the “novel unfolds the history of his life as he tries to unlock repressed memories through a near schizophrenic relationship with his own splintered subconscious.” This is a clever ruse to suck in his niche reader. This book is not for everyone.

Influenced by Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut and Carlton Mellick III, the novel offers a unique look into the private confessions of a self-absorbed blogger on the precipice of a mental breakdown. The recurring theme of déjà vu gives glimpses of a dark past while offering anecdotes that will eerily relate to most readers. The narrator pulls back the curtain and reveals his dark inner turmoil as he fears a slow deliberate path toward schizophrenia. A repetition of events and recollections leads the reader through the twisted break the author fears while touching on life’s everyday issues and questions. He delves into sleepless nights, stress, relationships and the pitfalls of higher education while he openly offers opinions on religion, suicide, insomnia, depression and the meaning of life.

Part social commentary, part psychological mystery and part diary, what begins as an egotistical journal from an overconfident blogger slowly dissolves into the twisted chaos of a mind on the brink of collapse. The reader is eventually forced to decide if the book is a cry for help from a man attempting to rationalize his schizophrenia or a clever ruse to make them stop and contemplate the meaning of existence. Lost in Infinity leaves the reader questioning everything they thought they knew about the author’s sanity, about their own life, about existence and the infinite universe beyond.

You can order Lost in Infinity here. ◊

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