Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Review: The Fold

The Fold By Peter Clines
Publisher: Crown* 
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Format: Hardback, 384 pages
Summary Via GoodReads

My Rating: ★★

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The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence.  

That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step. 

The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe. 

Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems—and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.  

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys…everything.  

A cunningly inventive mystery featuring a hero worthy of Sherlock Holmes and a terrifying final twist you’ll never see coming, The Fold is that rarest of things: a genuinely page-turning science-fiction thriller. Step inside its pages and learn why author Peter Clines has already won legions of loyal fans.
Let me preface this review by saying that this book is so freaking weird. Oh no, you think the premise of the book is already weird enough? Just you wait, it gets even weirder. TRUST ME.

I really enjoyed reading this adult sci-fi novel. I will admit that towards the end the main character "Mike" started to annoy me. His know-it personality and this weird thing he kept thinking about the "ants" just became a little tiresome. But that didn't make me like this book any less. I think what kept me wanting to read on was to find out what the actual F-- was happening in this book. I'm not sure I still even know, but it was weird sci-fi goodness and it was awesome.

The book seems pretty normal as far as Sci-Fi goes in beginning, until Mike starts reading about green cockroaches in the mechanics of the Albuquerque Door. Oh right and one of the scientists is not exactly who everyone thought they were. Actually none of them are who they say they are, but I really do not want to give away that spoiler. It's pretty easy to figure out what is going on here, and at this point I was locked into this book and I just kept reading to figure out what was going on. That's when things start to get really weird and "things" starting coming through the door. 

I don't think there is much more I can say about this book without giving away some huge spoilers, and I really try not to do that on my blog. This book is delightfully weird, and it made me want to continue reading it. It actually took me a long time to read, because I put it down while I went on vacation and found it hard to get back into it. If you want to read this book, don't do that! This was the first book I've read by Peter Clines, but I don't think it will be my last.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Happy Reads Everyone!