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Strangelets (Book) Review

 
Strangelets - Michelle Gagnon
Strangelets - Michelle Gagnon
Strangelets - Michelle Gagnon

 
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Keeps you guessing from start to finish.

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Gets a little unbelievable at a few moments.


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Strangelets is one of those books that keeps you guessing from start to finish. Just as the characters have no idea what is going on, where they are, and who they can trust, so is the reader kept completely in the dark. It lends an urgency and mystery to the story that makes it difficult to put down. It’s all so inexplicable, and each page brings another event that hardly seems possible. It does tend to make things a bit unbelievable at times, but not overly so. Overall, you are left with a strong sense of empathy for the characters, just hoping they’ll somehow beat the odds and make their way back home.

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Posted February 23, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Sophie is about to die.

She knows she’s going to die, and she’s ready. Sophie has said her goodbyes, and she’s ready to be free of the pain from the cancer that racks her body. So when a swirling black circle opens up in her hospital room, she embraces the chance to go towards the light, even if it isn’t what she expected of the afterlife. Continents away, young Declan is facing down the barrel of a gun at point blank range when the circle comes for him. At that same moment, teenaged Anat traverses a dangerous tunnel running deep beneath the ground, running desperately away from the circle that sucks her away from her shot at escape.

Three young people, all seventeen, all on the verge of death, have been sucked into these mysterious black vortexes…..and they are not alone. In fact, they soon find out that there are others just like them; seventeen, facing down an untimely demise, and all deposited in the same mysterious building. What is going on? None of them seem to know. Are they dying? Are they already dead? Can the others be trusted? Can they ever go home? These young people will have to band together if they are to figure out this strange new place they’ve been deposited.

Though Strangelets follows the path of six teenagers who have been ripped from all they hold dear, the story is told through the eyes of just three: Sophie, Declan, and Anat. Sophie is a sickly American, literally ripped from her deathbed. Declan is a young Irish thief, equally skillful in picking locks and cracking jokes. Anat is an angry Israeli, trained in military tactics and determined to return to her fiance at any cost. Each of them come from completely different backgrounds, with opposing outlooks on life, responsibility, and just about everything else. Seeing things from three such different perspectives gives a depth to the story that it might not otherwise have had.

Strangelets is one of those books that keeps you guessing from start to finish. Just as the characters have no idea what is going on, where they are, and who they can trust, so is the reader kept completely in the dark. It lends an urgency and mystery to the story that makes it difficult to put down. It’s all so inexplicable, and each page brings another event that hardly seems possible. It does tend to make things a bit unbelievable at times, but not overly so. Overall, you are left with a strong sense of empathy for the characters, just hoping they’ll somehow beat the odds and make their way back home.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)