The Oracle Year: A Novel (Hardcover)
I always love reading debut novels from authors who generally work in other mediums-- Charles Soule usually writes comic books, having worked on the more recent incarnations of Daredevil, She-Hulk and various Star Wars characters. He brings all of those sensibilities to this novel, it is full of a “show-don’t-tell” style befitting someone who isn’t used to getting the space for exposition, with richly drafted characters all the way through. His protagonist, a twentysomething bassist struggling to make his way in the Manhattan music scene, wakes up one day with 108 predictions for the future in his head. He doesn’t know why or how, but one by one they all come to be, with or without his intervention. Look for this to be a movie within a year or two.
-- Adam— From Adam B. Staff Picks
April 2018 Indie Next List
“One hundred and eight: That's how many seemingly random predictions come to Will Dando one night in a dream. When they actually begin to occur, he starts selling his critical economic predictions to international interests and makes mountains of money. In the process, though, he also makes powerful enemies- not least of which is the U.S. government. When Will realizes that the dream wasn't as random as it seemed and is forced into hiding, what was almost a lark becomes deadly as he tries to survive long enough to counter the global chaos he's caused. With enough humor to lighten the seriousness of Will's predicament, this debut novel keeps readers guessing right to the surprising end.”
— Cindy Pauldine, The River's End Bookstore, Oswego, NY
From bestselling comic-book franchise writer Charles Soule comes a clever and witty first novel of a twentysomething New Yorker who wakes up one morning with the power to predict the future—perfect for fans of Joe Hill and Brad Meltzer, or books like This Book Is Full of Spiders and Welcome to Night Vale.
Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded Web site with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. In no time, global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies.
He's also making a lot of high-powered enemies, from the President of the United States and a nationally prominent televangelist to a warlord with a nuclear missile and an assassin grandmother. Legions of cyber spies are unleashed to hack the Site—as it's come to be called—and the best manhunters money can buy are deployed not only to unmask the Oracle but to take him out of the game entirely. With only a handful of people he can trust—including a beautiful journalist—it's all Will can do just to survive, elude exposure, and protect those he loves long enough to use his knowledge to save the world.
Delivering fast-paced adventure on a global scale as well as sharp-witted satire on our concepts of power and faith, Marvel writer Charles Soule's audacious debut novel takes readers on a rollicking ride where it's impossible to predict what will happen next.
About the Author
Charles Soule is a New York Times-bestselling, Brooklyn-based comic book writer, musician, and attorney. He is best known for writing Daredevil, She-Hulk, Death of Wolverine and various Star Wars comics from Marvel Comics, as well as his creator-owned series Curse Words from Image Comics and the award-winning political sci-fi epic Letter 44 from Oni Press.
“Here’s my prediction: this book will seep into your soul. The Oracle Year is about knowing the future—and what you do with that knowledge. As you meet Will Dando, you can’t help but reevaluate yourself. Get ready for the best kind of fun.”
— Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle
“Anyone will enjoy this comically fast-paced tale about Will Dando, who wakes up one day with 108 wacky and world-shattering predictions.”
— Washington Post
“Soule’s The Oracle Year is like a sliding puzzle, except every time you think you can predict what the image will be, new pieces slide into place. It’s a wonderfully mysterious thriller that proves Soule is as much a master of prose as he is of comic book script.”
— Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Invasive and Blackbirds
“A thrilling, noodle-bending adventure that keeps readers guessing until the very end.”
“Wildly entertaining. . . . the relentless pacing, richly developed characters, and brilliant ending make this apocalyptic speculative thriller an undeniable page-turner.”
— Publishers Weekly
“With The Oracle Year, Soule has created something truly special, both a globe-spanning thriller, and a razor-witted look at the modern human condition. The Oracle Year is easily one of the best debuts I’ve read in years.”
— Scott Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Wytches, Batman, and A.D.
“Soule’s background in comics shows in this dark, rollicking tale.”
“This volatile and unpredictable novel will entertain and keep you guessing until the very end.”
— New York Journal of Books
“The Oracle Year has all of the elements of a straight-ahead action thriller, while exploring faith, politics, and personal responsibility with heart and a sly, satirical wit straight out of the funny pages.”
— Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi Blog