Philip K. Dick has a knack for placing you in a mental state in which you can't be prepared. Ubik is a science fiction novel that takes place in the not-so-distant future, where psychic abilities are used on a corporate level to gain monetary and societal control. A group of individuals, known as anti-psys, work to protect their clients from psychic scrutiny and weakness. During a standard operation, the anti-psys are attacked and gravely inured from an explosion. Upon awakening from the blast, their world begins to unravel, physically and mentally, and they begin to question their existence and purpose. What follows are a series of humorous and terrifying situations that make the reader question their own sanity.
"From the stuff of space opera, Dick spins a deeply unsettling existential horror story, a nightmare you'll never be sure you've woken up from."--Lev Grossman, Time Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business--deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time. As consumables deteriorate and technology gets ever more primitive, the group needs to find out what is causing the shifts and what a mysterious product called Ubik has to do with it all. "More brilliant than similar experiments conducted by Pynchon or DeLillo."--Roberto Bola o