The Fold by Peter Clines

Book Review


The FoldBook Genre: Science Fiction

Book Series: Stand Alone

Released: 2/2/15 by Crown

Pages: 384 Price: $16.00 Paperback

Links: Author’s Site, GoodreadsMore InfoAuthor Bio

Source: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program



Book Synopsis:


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.

My Review:

I was getting tired of requesting NF titles through the Blogging for Books program, but most of the time there just isn’t a fiction title that catches my fancy.  When I went to put in a new request though I noticed that a NEW book had popped up for review, and it looked quite intriguing.  So I went with it and am so glad I did!  I ended up with a book I really enjoyed as well as a new author to follow.

I’m not quite sure where to start with this review.  I just finished reading it a few minutes ago and it still has me thinking.  I would wait to review, but I like to write these up before I start my next book.  This book though, I can tell this one is going to be with me for a while.  It was just so interesting on many different levels.  There was a great mystery, I loved all the sciencey stuff (technical term), the characters, the geekiness this book had it going on on so many levels.

Perhaps a chronological look into the story.  Mike is the main character who has a unique talent or gift…that I don’t want to giveaway, dammit.  It was so fascinating though I couldn’t help but be drawn into his uniqueness and pondering what it would be like to have the same issue.  On one hand it would be totally cool, but as the book progressed I could see why Mike felt it nothing but a burden.  It worked well for the plot even if I couldn’t help but think it was a tad convenient at times.  Read the book you’ll see what I mean.

Then there was all  the science.  This reminded me of The Martian and Big Bang Theory it leads me to believe that my reading taste just enjoys a science fiction heavy on real science even if I don’t understand much of it.  Then there was all the Star Trek references.  You know me I love me some Trek and the nods towards the show were a lot of fun.

I thought the plot moved at a good and steady pace and every few chapters seemed to give up another piece of the puzzle as we discovered just what the hell was going on.  Some where near the end the story turned a bit and for some time I felt as if I had stepped into a Stephen King story.  Not a plus for me and ended up costing the book a star. I can just do without the gore thank you very much.  Still it wasn’t all that bad or much of the overall story so I just made an ick face and moved on.  The end of the book left me wanting more and I wish this was going to be a series…  I do see in the acknowledgements that this kind of a companion book or takes place in the same area with some overlapping plot and characters as another of this author’s books and I will most definitely be checking out that story soon.

This was a great read and fans of realistic science fiction like The Martian or shows like Star Trek or movies like Men in Black should add this title to their to-read list.  It was quite interesting and had a captivating plot.  I can’t wait to see what else this author has to offer.

My Rating: 4 Stars


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