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.
I’ll be honest, when Nicole over at Pure Geekery told me to grab this from Blogging for Books, I was a little skeptical. I’d passed over it multiple times because it sounded like that kind of sci-fi book that is just too far fetched for me to grasp onto.
But, since she raved about it, and I was in the process–literally that day–of reviewing and requesting from BFB, I pulled it. And she was right! Nicole’s already read the parallel book 14, and I’ll be picking it up soon!
This was so well-written that it bypassed the sci-fi cheese factor. There are so many pop culture references made–sort of like Ready Player One and Armada, but I actually understand them, and they are not so one-dimensional. They actually fit into the story, instead of being like a “tick all the boxes” game.
There’s really only one way to describe the main character of this book.
The entire time I was reading Mike, I kept thinking about him as Jayne Cobb from Firefly. Yes, I know he is described as a skinny, redheaded, young Severus Snape (ew?)–but his character is so goddamned skeptical of EVERYTHING. He never misses a beat, and he’s just this not quite so heroic guy who people SHOULD pay attention to, but don’t.
And then, I mean…
But that will make more sense later.
I enjoyed The Fold WAY more than I thought I would. I kept getting interrupted, or I would have finished this in a few hours. It’s one you won’t be able to put down, and you’ll be mad if you have to. Prepare for some seriously F’d up dreams afterward. Or maybe some good ones, if you happen to have a thing for Adam Baldwin.
I mean…I don’t hate the silver fox he’s turned into, do you?
Aaaaaaaaaaaand on that note. This review has gotten away from me. Happy Friday, ya’ll.
Blogging for Books provided a copy for unbiased review.