May 28, 2015
The Fold, by Peter Clines
The folks in Mike Erikson’s small New England town would say he’s just your average, everyday guy. And that’s just how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he’s chosen may not be much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but Mike is content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old government friend presents him with an irresistible mystery–one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: it seems that a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device that could make teleportation a reality. But something is very wrong with the project. The personalities of the scientists who work on it are changing. People are dying. And reality itself seems to be…warping.
The premise of The Fold, by Peter Clines, seemed interesting, so I gave it a whirl. I was not disappointed. The Fold is the type of book that you stay up late to finish reading, despite having to work early the next morning. I have to say that if I hadn’t just read The Martian, by Andy Weir, a scant five months ago, The Fold would’ve been the best sci-fi book I’ve read this year.
The cover is compelling with great color choices, and the left scene depicted is revealed in the last section. More than three quarters of the book is solid sci-fi, with the last part wavering towards horror. It’s a solid sci-fi read like this that makes me want to check out Mr. Clines other works. I loved the book, and it firmly deserves five out of five stars. I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
Peter Clines grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine and–inspired by comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons–started writing at the age of eight with his first epic novel, Lizard Men From The Center of The Earth(unreleased). He is the writer of countless film articles, several short stories, The Junkie Quatrain, the rarely-read The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe, the poorly-named website Writer on Writing , and an as-yet-undiscovered Dead Sea Scroll. He currently lives and writes somewhere in southern California.