Weekend Editions: The Fold Book Review

The Fold book review 1The 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.


via Penguin Random House

Thought of the day – if someone tells you that a new experiment is perfectly safe but more testing is still needed, run as fast and as far as you can the other way. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

This is a tough review to write. For the majority of the book, I absolutely LOVED it. As in, I had to force myself to put it down to do essential functions such as sleep. The main character, Mike, is fascinating. He has a photographic memory, so he remembers everything. Plus, he is able to put data into three dimensional charts in his head. Now that is impressive. What I liked the most is how he explained it. His “ants” crawl through all the data in his head until he finds what he is looking for. Plus he has red ones and black ones; one for observation and the other for putting it together. The supporting characters added to the storyline, without completely taking over. Plus there was the mystery of what is actually going on with the Door. Because something is definitely not right.

But then I hit the last quarter of the book. And it sort of went to crazy town.

While I’m all for crazy town, it just doesn’t seem to work with this one. You can almost believe the science behind this. But then all of a sudden Mike had to save the world from alpha predators from another dimension. It just doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the story. Now maybe if there had been any mention of that sort of thing earlier in the story, I could of handled it. But there wasn’t. It’s like the author felt the need to have some fantasy thrown in with the science fiction.

And the ending? Eh, kinda cheesy if you ask me.

Overall, I’d recommend this if you like science fiction thrillers. But just be ready for it to go to eye roll city the last quarter of it.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.


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