My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
This starts out as an intellectual, scientific mystery, and ends with quite a bit of action. The mystery is fascinating and eerie, the perpetrators forcing the action I felt was kind of at odds with the rest of the book. I felt like their development wasn't quite up to the same standard as the detail that went into the problem itself. And the very end, well, that was pretty convenient, but also totally opens the way for a series of books.
I did like Mike a lot, the rest of the characters were fine, some had more personality than others, Olaf seemed to be a much more developed character than Neil, or Sasha, which might have been on purpose. I don't know much about eidetic memory, but Mike's way of controlling and directing it to keep himself sane, productive and not overwhelmed was interesting.
Overall it was an intriguing conundrum and I would definitely recommend it to Sci-Fi fans especially interesting in parallel universe themes.
I received my copy from Blogging for Books in return for an honest review.
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