Man, this book takes your brain and twists it around and just when you think you are understanding things Sawyer throws another crazy bit of quantum p...moreMan, this book takes your brain and twists it around and just when you think you are understanding things Sawyer throws another crazy bit of quantum physics and philosophy into the mix. It was a fun trip.
I had never heard of Sawyer at all before watching the short-lived series FlashForward on ABC. When the show ended abruptly and with no explanation whatsoever, I did some research and discovered this, the book it was based on.
Unfortunately, I did not get the conclusion to the FBI/sci-fi thriller that I was hoping for. But I did find something pretty awesome in its own rite. I only wish that I had read the book before, because my desire for a proper ending to the show tainted how I read the book, I think.
The book starts out the same as the show, but there is only one character that remained in the TV series. All the rest seem to be extrapolated from the rest of the characters of the book. There is no FBI investigation. It is primarily just physics. Once I got over that shock, I was able to delve into the book (Although slowly at times. Physics is not an easy topic for me to grasp though I am fascinated by it. There were times where it would make my head hurt and I would have to put the book down for a few days while I mulled over it the theories discussed. That said, Sawyer makes physics easier for someone such as myself to grasp within the framework he's created.)
The dialogue and prose, as said by others on here, is nothing to really show off and the characters are a little flat (though I really liked Theo), but the ideas (which are more than simply physics: the Macbeth question comes into play as does free will/fixed destiny) are compelling. This was a very different book from what I'm used to and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you, Sawyer, for the mental calisthenics.
ETA: I make it sound like there is no plot, but that's not true. The driving point of the plot is Theo's future murder and how he works to try and solve it before it happens. This culminates very nicely in a thrilling scene at the end of the book.(less)
Started out so boring... was basically just re-iterating scripture. At times even just quoting scripture. But after a few chapters we got around to wh...moreStarted out so boring... was basically just re-iterating scripture. At times even just quoting scripture. But after a few chapters we got around to what I first loved about these books to begin with. The missions to get into the heart of the enemy and draw people to God. Turned out being one of my favorites (possibly even my favorite) of the entire series. Also loved how the authors played on those of faith still struggling even though they are living under the reign of Jesus on earth. (less)
Well, it was slow going at times and seemed like a lot of regurgitating of scripture, but the second half of the book explained a lot that was complet...moreWell, it was slow going at times and seemed like a lot of regurgitating of scripture, but the second half of the book explained a lot that was completely ignored or passed over before and I truly appreciated that. Otherwise it seemed to jump around a lot (suddenly they are in Jerusalem!) and not in a good flowing type of way, either.(less)