Entirely written in words of one syllable, with no punctuation, the book imagines a future where societal collapse has led to a prison system where inmates suffer strange new punishments, and one must experience several lifetimes as only a few hours pass in the real world - The Sentence.
Alan Moore has described: The Sentence as
“an intravenous rush of monosyllables that runs according to the clock of an extremely Long Now… a breathless and head-first synaptic plunge into austere and yet excitingly fresh territory, effortlessly blending informed social protest, literary experiment and existential science fiction/horror from its first chivvying word to its single and memorable full stop. Compassionate, ingenious and more than modern, the book casts a new and startling light on the idea of doing time. Experience it in a single sitting like its guinea-pig narrator, as a not-so-short sharp shock, and it will stay with you forever like a penitentiary tattoo. A bold, bar-rattling gem.”