Skip to Main Content

When The Sparrow Falls

Published by Solaris
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

In the future, AI are everywhere. They are our employers, our employees, our friends, lovers and even our children. Over half the human race lives online. But in the Caspian Republic, the last true human beings have made their stand, and their repressive, one-party state is locked in perpetual cold war with the outside world.
Security Agent Nikolai South is tasked with escorting a dead journalist’s widow through the virulently anti-AI and repressive Caspian Republic. But as they delve deeper into the circumstances surrounding the death and the secrets it uncovers, South must choose between his loyalty to his country and his conscience.

Neil Sharpson lives in Dublin with his wife and their two children. Having written for theatre since his teens, Neil transitioned to writing novels in 2017, adapting his own play The Caspian Sea into When the Sparrow Falls. A huge fan of animation, Neil writes Unshaved Mouse, a comedic review blog mostly focusing on animated film and comic book movies. He is a graduate of the Abbey Theatre's New Playwright's Programme, and was shortlisted for the Maguire International Playwrighting Award.

  • Publisher: Solaris (July 8, 2021)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781781089163

"Part spy thriller, part dark dystopian, When The Sparrow Falls is a complex examination of identity, technology, power, and control."

– The Nerd Daily

"An impressive debut"

– ParSec Magazine

"A witty, playfully philosophical exploration of what it means to be human in a digital age."


“An original and gripping thriller.”

– The Guardian

"A gripping and unsettling work of science fiction."

– SciFiNow