Book Review: The Fold

When I first read the about The Fold, I remember thinking how similar it was to the concept of the wormhole as explained in the movie Interstellar. So, I went in expecting something of the sort and was delighted by the fact that the book surprised me. Now, after I know what was happening all along, I want to go back and read it all over again with this different perspective. That I think is the mark of truly good genre fiction –“spoilers” don’t really spoil the experience of reading the book.

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In the California desert a group of DARPA scientists have invented a device called The Alberquerque Door that allows people to travel huge distances in a matter of seconds. They insist that it is completely safe, and yet are unwilling to make it public, saying that they need to do more testing. They also refuse to share any details with anyone outside the group.

In a small New England town, Leland ‘Mike’ Erikson,a genius with an eidetic memory chooses to live his life as a high school literature teacher. When his friend who has been trying to get Mike to join DARPA, presents him with the opportunity to work with the scientists to evaluate The Door, Mike cannot resist.

As Mike spends time with the scientists he realizes that there is a lot they are hiding. Is The Door really safe? How does it work anyway? The answers to these questions are truly horrifying.

The cast of characters is a truly interesting one, and Peter Clines spends quite some time with character building (more than is usually done in sci-fi anyway). Mike is a modern day Sherlock Holmes, although reluctant to really use his mind. One does leave the book wanting more of Mike and I do hope there will be a sequel to the book.

The true strength of the book is it’s pacing. It never falters or lags, making it difficult to put down. One just wants to keep turning the pages. Towards the end, the atmosphere of the book changes drastically, going from becoming a cerebral puzzle to an action-packed thriller. Clines pulls of the transition smoothly.

With literary and pop culture references (ranging from Bugs bunny to Star Trek) sprinkled throughout the book, it is rather a treat for nerds like me.  With a great plot, interesting characters and enough secrets Peter Clines has crafted a truly enjoyable piece of genre fiction.

FTC disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this honest review.

Author Bio: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/176410/peter-clines/

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