Tuesday, June 11, 2013

INSOMNIA Blog Tour

After four years of sleeplessness, high school junior Parker Chipp can’t take much more. Every night, instead of sleeping, he enters the dreams of the last person he’s made eye contact with. If he doesn’t sleep soon, Parker will die. Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that’s utterly addictive. But what starts out as a chance meeting turns into an obsession; Parker’s furious desire for what he needs pushes him to extremes he never thought he’d go. And when someone begins terrorizing Mia with twisted death threats, Parker’s memory blackouts leave him doubting his own innocence.
I don't participate in blog tours for books very often, so when I do, you know I'm serious. I read Insomnia by J.R. Johansson way back in April and couldn't shut up about how much I loved it. It nearly killed me to save my review until May, and when Ms. Johansson asked for volunteers for a blog tour, I was all over it.

Pimp out a book that I adore? Yes! Do so by posting a guest post about the freaky but all-too-true consequences of sleep deprivation? HECK YES!
Freaky Sleep Deprivation & Addiction Facts

While writing Insomnia I did quite a bit of research on sleep deprivation. It’s pretty freaky what not getting sleep will do to your body, especially the brain. While a brain is asleep, neurons reform to keep your brain healthy and functioning. When you don’t sleep, they don’t reform. The brain is essentially slowly dying. It causes all kinds of bad side effects…tremors, slurred speech, hallucinations. On top of all this, the prefrontal cortex is active while a person is awake and while they’re dreaming, but it rests during the first stages of sleep. This part of the brain is responsible for judgment, impulse control, attention and visual association.

On top of all these lovely things that are going wrong with my main character, Parker, he is also very addicted to sleep when he is finally able to get it. So he gets all the symptoms of addiction and withdrawal, and the withdrawal actually makes the sleep deprivation issues move faster.

It’s really not so pretty.

So yeah, in my professional opinion:

Sleep = Good

Drugs = Bad

That’s pretty much it.
I know I've already said it in my review, but Parker is one messed-up dude. The stuff he has to struggle through in Insomnia is no joke. Of course, being a thriller, Insomnia focuses on some of the more extreme symptoms of sleep deprivation: memory loss, lack of impulse control, hand tremors, hallucinations, and - possibly - psychosis.

How much of what Parker sees and experiences is real and how much is a product of his own decaying mind... Well, I can't tell you that. What I can tell you is that you all need to read this book. NOW.

You can purchase Insomnia at any of these fine retailers: The Book Depository, IndieBound, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon. And don't forget to add it to your to-read list on Goodreads!

You can also follow Ms. Johansson on Twitter, through her blog, through her website, through Tumblr, or through Facebook.
J.R. JOHANSSON is a young adult thriller author published with Flux & FSG/Macmillan. Her debut, INSOMNIA is coming June 2013. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. When she's not writing, she loves reading, playing board games, and sitting in her hot tub. Her dream is that someday she can do all three at the same time. She has two young sons and a wonderful husband. In fact, other than her cat, Cleo, she's nearly drowning in testosterone.