"A wildly imaginative science fiction odyssey.
Always compelling, it works on a lot of levels, and they all come together like clockwork in the end. Highly recommended."
--Scott Hawkins, author of The Library at Mount Char
"Enchanting, captivating, intriguing...none of these do The Raft justice.
Strydom's fresh voice and confident prose will completely engross you. A stellar debut!"
--New York Times
bestseller Jason M. Hough, author of Zero World
"Strydom's debut subverts postapocalyptic fiction with a scathing parable of pain and paranoia ... reinvigorates the genre with a suspenseful concept and intimately realized characters. [A] sucker punch of a novel.
, starred review
"If you think you've seen it all, read it all when it comes to dystopian fiction, you really haven't--not until you've experienced The Raft
. I was enchanted, awestruck, and ultimately moved by Fred Strydom's rip-cracking debut.
--Nick Cutter, bestselling author of The Troop
and The Deep
"This eerie debut about one man's search for truth, even though what he finds may hurt more than it heals, features a protagonist with raw emotions and a strong voice, carrying what could be a convoluted plot to an unforgettable ending."
, starred review
"This novel really is a masterpiece
. It's different and haunting. It's devastatingly good. And it's beautifully put together. If you don't read another SF novel this year, shame on you. If you do, make it The Raft
--John Love, author of Faith
"One of the sharpest premises in 2016
. . . The Raft
is a must-read."
--B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
"F***ing fantastic. The writing, from start to finish, is wonderful. The Raft
is easily the best book I've read this year
, and one that I'm not sure will be topped."
--We the Nerdy
was a refreshing, unique read
. [I] can see it sticking with me for a long time. I look forward to seeing what Fred Strydom writes next."
--Christy's Love of Books
"A strong debut in the genre
and sure to interest SF readers in general--and dystopia fans in particular."
"Riveting and moving science fiction
... I read The Raft
in one sitting."
--Rant and Rave Reviews
, even for hardened 'realist' readers."
"A writer to watch ... a philosophical adventure story that takes the reader into a terrifying world
where no one can remember who or what they are."
"A brilliant book, and one not to be missed ... a rollicking good dystopian novel