Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Not With a Bang, but a Whimper?

Resonance by A.J. Scudiere
(Adult Scientific Thriller)

With the Mayan apocalyptic dateline approaching, I expected so see many more books and movies about the end of the world, but they are only trickling out, it seems.  This is one on the market that is worth the read.

In this book, the shifting of the magnetic poles has changed life on Earth and leaves a bevy of main characters trying to figure out just what's going on.
  • Jordan and Jillian are new doctors at the CDCP investigating odd deaths
  • Becky is a grade students who finds an inordinate amount of 6-legged frogs on her family's land with some weird collective group behavior
  • David is doing research of pockets of magnetic switches of polarity secretly and hoping to make a new for himself that will eclipse his famous scientific father
Circumstances bring these four together as they struggle to make sense of the changing world in the face of mass human extinction.

What made the book so enjoyable was a dramatic plot change about 75% of the way through.  It had me scratching my head and pulling my hair at the same time.  While I always enjoy a writer's skill, the book was positively masterful.  The global opening narrowed to a razor sharpness at the end to the cares and concerns of just two people.

Horrific and harrowing and ultimately a great read.

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