Sunday, June 9, 2013
Resonance by Chris Dolley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Speculative Fiction
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of speculative fiction, those interested in quantum physics
Trigger Warnings: kidnapping, violence, attacks
My Thoughts: Since I was reading the books by Dolley I'd received in exchange for a review, I decided to go ahead and read this one, which I've had since well before those others.
This is a really good book with a really cool idea. The problem is I can't tell you much about it without ruining the surprise of discovery for yourself. It deals with some pretty intense quantum theories, but in such a way as to be highly readable. This quote will give you a bit of a hint: “Take away the observer and the world unravels. Without observation there can be no substance and without ritual there can be no cement.”
Graham is a really interesting and well-done character, as is Annalise in all her incarnations. Ray makes a good minor foil, and Adam Sylvestrus is chilling as the main Big Bad. This book will not be for everyone, but if what I've revealed intrigues you, I can only recommend you check out this book for yourself. I haven't checked recently to see if it is still in the Baen Free Library, but that place is a treasure trove, so it's a great place to check out regardless. Highly recommended for fans of speculative fiction dealing with quantum theories.
Disclosure: I picked up a copy of this book a few years back from the Baen Free Library. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: Graham Smith is a 33 year-old office messenger. To the outside world he's an obsessive-compulsive mute—weird but harmless. But to Graham Smith, it's the world that's weird. And far from harmless. He sees things others can't . . . or won't. He knows that roads can change course, people disappear, office blocks migrate across town. All at night when no one's looking. The world's an unstable place, still growing, sloughing off layers of reality like dead skin. One day you drive by, and it's changed. Annalise Mercado hears voices, all from girls calling themselves Annalise. Sometimes she thinks they're spirit guides, sometimes she thinks she's crazy. But then they start telling her about Graham Smith and the men who want to kill him. That's when they meet. So begins the story of two people whose lives are fragmented across alternate realities. And how the hold the key to the future of a billion planets. . . .
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