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Publisher: Crown Publishing
Edition: Hardcover, 384 Pages
Genre: Science Fiction
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STEP INTO THE FOLD.
IT’S PERFECTLY SAFE.
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.
The Fold is just what the summery tells you it is, a utterly gripping science fiction thriller. We follow Mike, a high school teacher, as he is pulled into a top secret expriement involving folding space so that it’s easy to cross in a matter of seconds…unfortunately it becomes incredibly apparent that this isn’t as safe as they hoped.
Part of me loved this book, and another part of me was little underwhelmed by seconds of it. However my overall impression of The Fold is that this is what the sci-fi genre is really good for: fun, quickly paced, and plenty of twists. I definitely didn’t see a lot of this coming, and I don’t want to spoil exactly what goes own in the latter half of the book…but wow! The Fold touches on some existential questions but I wouldn’t call this an overly cerebral book, and it doesn’t delve into them too deeply. The whole project is really amazing, and I was fully expecting a pure paradoxical reality downfall and what I got was something slightly different and exciting. Without directly referencing it, I can definitely see some of his inspiration towards the end and I think it was a cool little nod to past literature. The ending was really interesting, and in true standalone sci-fi form left me with questions and wanting more.
As I said before Eric “Mike” Leeland, is a high school teacher…but he’s more than a little qualified to be placed in such a project due to his eidetic memory. For those who don’t know, that’s the actual term for ‘photographic’ memory, once he sees/hears/smells/touches something it is ingrained in his memory permanently. He can learn quicker than most people and as a result his IQ is incredibly high. I really liked him, but I don’t think I really ‘know’ him. To be honest I don’t think he really knows who he is during most of this, seeing as most of the book is spent unless his mental ability which drowns out his personality in favor of knowledge. He takes the time to explain that, and I think without that sort of ‘meta’ confession I would have hated his lack of personality depth but I think I still would have liked to see some here and there. I have never read a book with a character with eidetic memory, so this was something really new and I really liked it. It’s not like Sheldon Coopers where he only uses it when the script dictates, this is an uncontrollable and insatiable need for constant input. That being said I have no idea if Peter Clines portrayed it accurately or not.
I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more Peter Clines novels in the future!