The Oracle Year by Charles Soule

The Oracle Year

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 f...

Details The Oracle Year

TitleThe Oracle Year
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherHarper Perennial
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Thriller

Reviews The Oracle Year

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    4.5 stars for this new SF thriller, just published in April 2018. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:OCTOBER 8: FOURTEEN BABIES WILL BE BORN AT NORTHSIDE GENERAL HOSPITAL IN HOUSTON. SIX MALE, EIGHT FEMALE.One morning at about 5:00 am, Will Dando, a struggling young New York musician, abruptly awakes from a vivid dream. In his dream, a voice told Will 108 oddly specific and rather random predictions about the future, which he rememb...
  • Jilly
    If there is such a thing as Chick-Lit, what is the name for a book that is a guy-type of thing? Is it Dick-Lit? Male-Tales? XY-Chrome-Tomes? Definitely Dick-Lit.Well, whatever. The point is that this is a man book. It reads like a disaster book where you are seeing what different people are doing all over the world while you wait for some big event to happen. There are good guys who aren't that good and bad guys who are heading into super-villain...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum a fascinating novel. And to think I almost passed this one up, but every now and then I like to step out of my comfort zone to read something “outside my box”, and books like The Oracle Year make me glad that I do.The story follows a struggling bassist named Will Dando who wakes up one morning from a dream, his head filled with 108 predictions about the future. Enl...
  • Kit✵
    ★ 2 / 5 ★This was my Book of the Month add on for April—and well, I’m pretty disappointed with it. I was expecting an action-packed, fast-paced, overall awesomeness-filled novel. And what did I get instead? A slow-paced novel filled with one-dimensional characters, and awkward dialogues. Ugh.The beginning of this novel is probably the best part; it draws you in and you want to know what’s going to happen to Will (The Oracle) and all hi...
  • Dennis
    Everybody knows that I'm a psychological thriller and horror genre junkie, but every now and then I like to mix it up with other genres, so I was excited to pick up The Oracle Year . The Oracle Year is written by the renowned Charles Soule—Marvel writer for She-Hulk, The Death of Wolverine, and Daredevil. When I picked up The Oracle Year I was hopeful that it would be an original science-fiction superhero novel that would break the mold of...
  • Truman32
    The Oracle Year by Charles Soule reminds me of a story told by a drunk frantically trying to hook up at closing time. Sure, everything sounds great on the surface—maybe this guy is the WBC boxing heavyweight champion of the world just hanging out at Applebee’s at 2A.M. on a Tuesday. And sure, maybe he does live in a decked-out fully computerized mansion that he is willing to drive us to in his slightly rusted Toyota Echo —but on closer insp...
  • Nat K
    ”And if he is not a fraud? What if he is, indeed, a messenger from God? What then?”Will Dando is an out of work muso, a bassist getting the occasional gig. He’s very good, but not ”New York good.” For some reason, this description of him stuck in my mind. He struggles to make ends meet.Then one night, he dreams of predictions. 108 of them to be exact. He decides to share them online with the world via the “Site”, and henceforth beco...
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.You know that conflicted mental state where you wonder if what is to come is a pleasant surprise or a complete disappointment? Just imagine when one of your favourite singer of all time decides to enter the movie business, or your favourite athlete wants to spice up his biography by fully actualizing themselves through music. It’s how I felt when I got my hands on Charles Soule’s The Oracle Y...
  • Dianne
    Sci-fi "thriller-lite" about a young man, Will, who wakes up one morning with 108 very specific predictions in his head, ranging from the ridiculous (on this date, this person will put pepper on their steak) to the catastrophic (on this date, this bridge will collapse). Quickly realizing his predictions are starting to come true, he and his trusted friend Hamza set up a secured website where he posts some of his predictions, using the alias "Orac...
  • Samantha Irby
  • Emma Rund
    4.5 stars. I was sent this book by Wunderkind PR in exchange for an honest review. YOU GUYS. I just finished this book and I am SHOOK. This is a stunning sci-fi similar to Dark Matter but with political relevance instead of romance! (Yes please). The first half of this book I was like “yeah this is good but like meh” but then I hit the second half and BAM! I kept thinking Soule was writing himself into a corner and he kept finding totally une...
  • Karen
    4.5 rating for this sci-fi thriller that I couldn't seem to turn the pages fast enough. Will Dando receives 108 predictions one night while sleeping, with no idea where they came from. He woke up with the list in his head. And without fail, every single one comes true no matter what is done to try to prevent the outcome. Will and his best friend start a website called The Site and an anonymous Will becomes The Oracle. I really enjoyed the premise...
  • Renée (bookishblissandbeauty)
    *I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*Combining the pace of a thriller with the epic, dare I say ridiculous and far fetched plot of a comic book (in the best way possible), Soule keeps it all together with approachable characters. In comic book fashion, readers are given a situation that quickly unfolds, however some readers may be irked that some of world-building or plot devices are not fully explained - ...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    I saw this audiobook on Hoopla and thought I’d try it since it was a recent BOTM pick. It starts with a really interesting premise, but slowed in the middle then veered into the ridiculous towards the end. The characters didn’t have much depth either. It was a light, entertaining book, but I’m glad I didn’t buy it via BOTM.
  • Sarai - Sarai Talks Books
    Video book review: solid 3-star read. The premise of this book was so promising. Will Dando is a young man struggling to make ends meet in New York City. One day he wakes up from a dream that revealed 108 predictions that could change the world. Unfortunately this type of premise can only succeed if it's executed well. I kept waiting for the pieces to come together in an elegant way, and it just didn't ha...
  • Robin Bonne
    4.5 Stars. Everyone wants to find out who The Oracle is. Will, a musician with nothing seemingly special about him, has 180 prophecies which he writes into a notebook. He enlists his most trusted friend and they build an anonymous website with help from a retired hacker and her girlfriend that they found on the dark web. He uses the website to begin releasing his prophesies which goes viral, and then chaos ensues. Everything that happens seems co...
  • Billie
    If it's done well, sometimes it's okay to leave a few questions unanswered and Soule did it very well. The "who" and the "why" were ultimately far less important than Will's journey.And, yes, I know that tells you fuck-all about the book itself, but you can read the synopsis and anything more I could say would be inadequate in describing it. If you enjoyed Dark Matter or All Our Wrong Todays or are a fan of Mr. Soule's comics work, you'll probabl...
  • Bandit
    It’s seldom I read books fresh off the printing press as it were (it’s always either way in advance via Netgalley or considerably after the fact via library), which of course is a silly description for an audio book. But this looked like a lot of fun, so I downloaded it for my first audible subscription venture. And it did turn out to be lots of fun. In fact, exactly the sort of story I look for in audio listening, entertaining, but not too h...
  • Lou
    “Someone out there could predict the future. The Oracle.”Dear societyA site has gone viral excreting rhetoric and predictions of the fates our people. There is a new entity trying to remove you from your beliefs and claim power upon this earth, it has set in motion a clockwork of gears and doom is impeding pandemonium is near. Does the Oracle have our safety in mind, what does it gain from all these predictions, a false prophet is amongst us,...
  • Susan
    Loved the concept. You wake up with 108 predictions of events that will happen in the future. What do you do? Really well done - different than anything I’ve been reading these days. Couldn’t put it down.
  • Authentikate
    Here was another Book if the Month selection that I was looking forward to reading. It had a unique, original concept (even if it was sort of “sprung” on the reader) and came with a fair amount of hype. Pulling no punches, the plot was scattershot and some tendrils left withering on the vine. There were many characters—some more developed than others; some, left hanging from the withering vines. I wanted to love this book. I ended up liking...
  • Tammy
    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A fast-paced thriller with a sci-fi sensibility, this debut is not to be missed!Veteran comic book writer Charles Soule asks some thought-provoking questions in his debut novel, The Oracle Year , but he makes sure his readers are having a blast while pondering those questions...
  • Jena
    "Anything can happen, Will Dando thought. In the next five seconds, in the next five years. Anything at all."One morning Will Dando woke up with 108 predictions ringing loudly in his mind. They were specific, and seemed to make no real sense. He wasn't even sure it was real. Except he couldn't get them out of his head. Then they started coming true.Armed with this random knowledge, he sets up an impenetrable website calling himself The Oracle. Su...
  • Scott Rhee
    Will Dando awoke one morning with 108 predictions for the future in his head. So, he does what any millenial would do: he starts selling them one at a time to the highest bidder on the Internet. Corporations, Wall Streeters, world leaders, people with lots of money. Anybody who could use those predictions, like insider trading tips, for self-gain.This is the premise behind Charles Soule’s suspenseful science fiction thriller, “The Oracle Year...
  • Alan
    Will Dando is an ordinary guy, just trying to make it in the big city. He's an okay songwriter and a pretty good bass player—best one in his hometown, maybe—but he's not, y'know, New York good (to use novelist Charles Soule's own memorable phrase). Will's biggest and most inspirational dreams have so far inspired the city to give him... not a single rat's ass in return. Until Will has a really big dream: one morning he awakens knowing the det...
  • Megan C.
    I loved this one! It started a little slow for me, but by the end, I was so engaged in the story I was listening to it constantly. Full review to come.
  • Hannah Bierwirth
    This book is exactly what I thought it would be - a fun and fast-paced ride that reads just like you’d think a book by a comic book writer would. It is action packed, with big plot twists and dramatic peaks and valleys, throwing together international world affairs, politics, technology (and the Dark Web), and religion. It’s an inventive take on questions about our fate versus our actions. Where the book falls short is character development. ...
  • Stephanie
    Thanks to Harper Perennial for sending me a copy in exchange for a review!After reading Middlemarch (and being blown away, oh my goodness it was so GOOD), I decided to read something that was the complete opposite. On that count, this book delivered! This is a fast paced, snappy speculative fiction thriller. An average New Yorker wakes up with precisely 108 predictions about the future. He does what any of us might do: test to see if they're real...
  • Jessica
    I really enjoyed this one! I listened to the audiobook instead of reading it, which was probably a mistake because I don't absorb the information in audiobooks as well and I feel like I missed a lot of details (crazy, bonkers details) near the end. A reread will probably bring this up to 5 stars :)I'd never have guessed that this was a first novel, but I'm not surprised it's good-- I've been reading and enjoying Soule's comics work for years. Hop...
  • Loring Wirbel
    When a comics and graphic-novel author like Charles Soule attempts his first traditional text-bound novel, the results could either be dreadful or a rollicking good time, and Soule has fallen into the latter camp. Characters and events can display a little melodramatic quality, to be sure, but that more or less goes with the territory. There are many loose ends and eye-rolling moments in The Oracle Year, but at the end of the day, Soule spins a g...