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The Genius Plague by David Walton
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** spoiler alert ** 2.5 stars

I learned a lot about fungus.
Beyond that, this was painfully by the numbers, so much so that every step of the story was obvious from three steps away.

More than that, I was greatly annoyed by the huge hole in the plot. At one point the protagonist, Neil, takes his brother into the NSA server room, even though his brother doesn’t have the clearance and they just spent three paragraphs explaining how nsa security works. Essentially they did a thing that was impossible _according to the rules of the story_. Of course that detour has grave consequence.

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“Mushrooms are only a small part of fungal anatomy. A mushroom is just how a fungus has sex.” Maisie’s slim eyebrows arched high. “Oh, really,” she said. “It’s true. A single fungus in a forest like this can go on for miles, underground, wrapping itself around tree roots. The mushrooms are just its reproductive parts. Fungi are some of the largest living things on Earth. Each tendril is nearly microscopic, but put together they can weigh far more than any California redwood or blue whale.”
David Walton, The Genius Plague


Reading Progress

July 3, 2018 – Started Reading
July 3, 2018 – Shelved
July 5, 2018 – Finished Reading

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