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God Particle by Toby Tate
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Jun 10, 2013

it was amazing
Read in June, 2013

Toby Tate, a master of frighteningly scary, plausible adult novels has shown us yet another side of himself with the first of his Chloe Johansson Young Adult series, “The God Particle”.
Teenage angst is hard enough on its own, but throw a 16 year old bright enough to be attending MIT while her parents are living in Switzerland, Mom a doctor, Dad a particle physicist for CERN (whose logo is a stylized 666) and he’s now missing, final exams, and then toss in a best friend that’s now pregnant, and you’d expect the teen to go into overload. Not Chloe.
While Mom tries to downplay her missing Dad at the beginning, Chloe knows something’s terribly wrong when Interpol, FIS, AND the CIA are looking for her Dad, as well as knowing that Cern’s own security staff must be searching, Chloe volunteers to look for her Dad in a most unlikely place: inside a Higgs Boson, known by the term “the God particle”.
The question is what is this Higgs boson, what does it do, how do you find it, how do you get into it (it’s smaller than an atom), and who are “Ben” and Mal” and why is everyone so scared.
YA books rarely deal with real world problems, yet Tate ventures in undeterred. Even as an adult reader this book is captivating, informative, and full of well researched facts. Here’s hoping Tate continues this YA series as well as his adult thrillers. He’s proving to be a master of both.
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