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.