Neverday

December 1, 2020
Neverday

For almost 20 years, Carlton Mellick III has been writing someof the strangest and most compelling novels the bizarro fictiongenre has to offer. Described as one of the top 40 science-fictionwriters under the age of 40 by The Guardian and "one ofthe most original novelists working today" by extreme horror legendEdward Lee. In his 57th book, Neverday, Mellick has created adystopian horror tribute to time loop stories in the tradition ofGroundhog Day, Edge of Tomorrow and HappyDeath Day.Karl Lybeck has been repeating the same day over and over again,in a constant loop, for what feels like a thousand years. He's beenstuck in this endless cycle for so long that he doesn't rememberwhat his life was like before time stopped moving forward. Hedoesn't remember his parents' faces or what he used to do for aliving. He doesn't remember which president is currently in officeor what city he lives in. The only reason he remembers his own nameis because it's printed on his Oregon State driver's license.He thought he was the only person trapped in this eternal helluntil a woman named January appears in his backyard one morning,fleeing armed pursuers who claim to be with the police. She doesn'tknow why today is exactly the same as yesterday. She doesn'trealize she's trapped in the same loop that Karl's been stuckwithin for so many centuries.But it turns out that Karl and January aren't alone. In fact,the majority of the population has been repeating the same day justas they have been. While Karl was hiding isolated in his suburbanhome, he didn't realize that a new world was being built justoutside of his door. Society has adapted to repeating the same dayover and over again. New laws have been implemented. A newmemory-based currency has been put into place.Karl and January find themselves in a therapy group with otherpeople who are having a difficult time dealing with theirsituation--from hospital patients with illnesses that will never becured to parents who will never see their children grow up. Butthere's something not quite right about those in charge of the newrepeating government. They don't understand why going into theneverday--that time period that only exists if you stay awake allnight to avoid repetition--is considered the worst possible crimethat anyone can commit.With the help of others who share their suspicions thatsomething is not quite right with their situation, Karl and Januaryexplore the neverday in search of answers. But what they discovercould destroy the very fabric of their new society forever.