The Fold by Peter Clines (2.5 out of 5)


I received this book for free from BLOGGING FOR BOOKS.

This was a title I was looking forward to. A friend of mine had read a graphic novel by the author and highly recommended his style of writing. I liked the premise, but once I got into it, it wasn’t at all what I thought it was. Very disappointing. A lot of technical lingo too- so much that it sometimes overwhelmed the reader. At least, this reader. And then it just stopped working. About halfway through. Not at all what I expected.

Mike Erikson’s a regular guy in his small town- at least, that’s what he starts out as. Then a crony of his presents him with a doozy of a mystery- in the New Mexico desert (where else??? Couldn’t they have set it somewhere not clichéd? Like….. Wyoming?) there’s a team of scientists messing with a device they’ve named “Albuquerque’s Door”. It uses a secretive algorithm that shrinks the distance a person can travel into a single step. Pretty fly, eh? Except…. is there a catch? Is there? The scientists also claim that traveling through the Door is perfectly safe. Of course, the scientists with their Weird Science dreams aren’t telling the whole story- and Mike, of all people, is the one who may have to unravel the mystery, reveal the truth, and then hope to someone’s god that he isn’t caught in a nightmare of his own curious making. What the hell is going on out there?

Sadly, this is a story that keeps you guessing. And then when the reveals come forth, they aren’t really surprising. There’s a final twist that doesn’t ring true nor surprising at all. It’s a bit of a conundrum, this book. Mike is a great character and the plot is unique in that no one, as far as I know, has come across this premise…but the execution is missing dots, bleeps, and blips all over the sci-fi radar. So I would advise you to keep hunting for that unique science fiction fantasy title that will realize all your dreams. This one isn’t it.

~ by generationgbooks on January 12, 2016.

2 Responses to “The Fold by Peter Clines (2.5 out of 5)”

  1. I really couldn’t agree more. I loved the Ex-Heroes series but I was incredibly underwhelmed by this title.

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