The Fold: A Novel

Version 2stars /5

Mike Erikson has spent his whole life ignoring his potential and ignoring the “ants” in his head. Gifted with one of the highest IQs in the world and an eidetic memory (meaning that his memories do not fade), Mike describes his mind operating as if red and black ants—one type for emotions and one for memories—carry his thoughts and arrange them in a way that allows him to decipher patterns and analyze data more efficiently than anyone else. The high school English teacher is recruited by an old friend to investigate the safety of a top secret project and, despite his half-hearted attempts to stay away from the project, he delves into the research done on the Albuquerque Door to solve the mystery of what is just “not right” with the revolutionary teleportation system. He quickly discovers that the scientists don’t truly understand the technology they have created and it becomes a race to shut the project down before they discover it the hard way.

I absolutely loved this book. I tend to read across all genres but have never had much luck with SciFi. This was the perfect way to ease into the genre. While there was no lack of details, the talk on technology wasn’t so dense that it overshadowed the plot. The characters were very realistic and believable and the writing hooked me from page one. Overall, this was an intriguing read, and it will definitely be going on my “to reread” list.

Originally published on San Francisco Book Review.


To the Sea

three-stars /5

totheseaTo the Sea uses creative illustrations to reanimate an age-old theme. This children’s book tells the story of Tim, a lonely young boy, and Sam, a blue whale that has lost his way and needs to get back to his home in the sea.

Tim’s wild ideas on how to help the whale return to the sea are sure to entertain young readers. With beautiful illustrations and eye-catching color combinations, this book is fun to look at and teaches an important lesson: friendship is about loyalty and support.

Although I at first thought this book to be a bit too melancholy to be a children’s book, the illustrations are adorable and the characters sweet and genuine. The illustrations are what first caught my attention about this book. With a backdrop of blues and teals, Tim’s orange raincoat stands out like a ray of hope. Young children are sure to love Tim and his new friend from  the very first page.

Originally published on Manhattan Book Review.