The novel The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold is a refreshing story about the powers of hypnosis. Hypnosis is being in a state of altered consciousness in which you cannot commit voluntary movements and you respond to a particular external stimulus, like a voice. The main character Noah Oakman received hypnosis at a party and his whole life changed when he woke up and his life was changed. Suddenly the people he had known his whole life appeared to be physically and mentally different. For example, his mother had a scar on her face, which was not there before and his best friend Alan has changed sides, now being a Marvel fan instead of a DC fan. Even though these may seem not that serious, Noah begins to question everything he once knew about the world, himself, and the people around him. He must now navigate this new yet familiar world around him, while problems from his old life keep creeping in. Noah must now venture thought his new world with mixed emotions on trying to get back home, what to do with these new people in his life, and who he actually is, and whether the hypnosis was worth all of it, even if that means never taking risks ever again. I think that this book is a fun read, not necessarily dealing with major world problems but maintaining a sense of danger and excitement. I would recommend this book because it’s interesting to read about hypnosis itself, and how it could affect individuals. My favorite character is Noah because I love reading about his new life after hypnosis.
Submitted by P. Z.