Crit­cal and Read­er Response

This mag­i­cal, ter­ri­fy­ing, and whim­si­cal debut is a gen­uine­ly orig­i­nal and immer­sive take on post-apoc­a­lyp­tic SF.”

Pub­lish­ers Week­ly (Starred Review)

Pub­lish­ers Week­ly (Starred Review)

In a depar­ture from tales of grim tech­no­log­i­cal night­mares, this not-quite-dystopi­an nov­el focus­es on folk storytelling…and the per­son­al nature of ques­tion­ing what is nor­mal.”

Every word is placed as care­ful­ly as a quilt square.”

This is a wel­come breath of fresh air and calm after the apoc­a­lyp­tic storm.”

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“[I]mpossible to put down…nothing short of a sto­ry­telling mas­ter­work.” BlueInk Review (Starred Review), appear­ing in Book­list Octo­ber 15, 2019

BlueInk Review (Starred Review)

Andy Giesler’s debut novel…seamlessly blends ele­ments of sci­ence fic­tion, dystopi­an fic­tion, hor­ror, and mys­tery, with a healthy dose of social com­men­tary thrown in for good mea­sure.”

Giesler makes this 542-page nov­el impos­si­ble to put down, not only by cre­at­ing a cast of ful­ly real­ized and unique characters—Root is an unfor­get­table heroine—but also by mak­ing world-build­ing a focus through­out.”

Addi­tion­al­ly, the story’s impres­sive bomb­shell plot twists will keep read­ers off-bal­ance until the very end.”

Post-apoc­a­lyp­tic fic­tion fans who enjoy grand, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it nar­ra­tives, such as Stephen King’s The Stand, Justin Cronin’s Pas­sage tril­o­gy, and Wal­ter M. Miller Jr.’s A Can­ti­cle for Lei­bowitz, will find Giesler’s debut noth­ing short of a sto­ry­telling mas­ter­work.”

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[A] fresh and inge­nious take on the post-apoc­a­lyp­tic novel…that main­tains sus­pense from its first page to its last.”

Fore­word Clar­i­on Reviews (★★★★★)

Fore­word Clar­i­on Reviews

In every way, this eye-open­ing post-apoc­a­lyp­tic tale is a true page-turn­er.”

Andy Giesler’s The Noth­ing With­in is a fresh and inge­nious take on the post-apoc­a­lyp­tic nov­el.”

The book fus­es fan­ta­sy with sci­ence fic­tion for its twist on post-apoc­a­lyp­tic tales.”

Sus­pi­cions as to the truth behind any sit­u­a­tion are reward­ed and epipha­nies are many.”

Char­ac­ters are devel­oped with thor­ough atten­tion.”

The Noth­ing With­in is a dense­ly woven futur­is­tic tale that main­tains sus­pense from its first page to its last.

Read the full review at Fore­word Clar­i­on Reviews

 

Crafty sur­pris­es abound in this debut novel…phenomenal worldbuilding…An often mes­mer­iz­ing end-of-the-world adven­ture.”

Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

Crafty sur­pris­es abound in this debut nov­el…”

The author…pays close atten­tion to the devel­op­ment of lan­guage, reli­gion, and cul­tur­al cer­e­monies across the cen­turies, result­ing in some phe­nom­e­nal world­build­ing.”

Root is a feisty, com­pelling nar­ra­tor…”

An often mes­mer­iz­ing end-of-the-world adven­ture.”

Read the full review at Kirkus Reviews

 

[U]nexpectedly orig­i­nal, refresh­ing­ly reveal­ing, and a stand­out com­pared to the usu­al dystopi­an explo­ration.”

Mid­west Book Review

D. Dono­van, Senior Review­er, Mid­west Book Review

[R]eaders of dystopi­an fic­tion will find The Noth­ing With­in near­ly impos­si­ble to put down.”

[E]ach char­ac­ter is care­ful­ly craft­ed, descrip­tions set the scenes using a min­i­mum of ver­biage and pow­er­ful action words, and absorb­ing indi­vid­ual con­flicts and dilem­mas draw read­ers into the greater sto­ry…”

As sto­ries and nar­ra­tors entwine, read­ers will be delight­ed by the fresh, orig­i­nal take of this end-of-the-world saga, and will find The Noth­ing With­in and its pro­gres­sion unex­pect­ed­ly orig­i­nal, refresh­ing­ly reveal­ing, and a stand­out com­pared to the usu­al dystopi­an explo­ration.”

Read the full review at Mid­west Book Review

 

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