I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Teleportation. Aparition and Disaparition. Teletransportation. Wonkavision. In whatever way you’re comfortable talking about it, rapid, near instantaneous travel from distance points A and B is an exciting concept and would prove to be incredibly useful. So what happens to the fabric of reality if such travel were possible? Step into the pages of Peter Clines’ The Fold and find out one possible outcome.
Leland “Mike” Erikson is a high school English teacher and, if you were to ask his neighbors and students, he’s just an average guy. Despite his affectation and insistence, Mike is a little more extraordinary than average: he’s got a remarkably high IQ and an eidetic memory. Mike’s friend Reggie, a government bigwig involved with DARPA, comes to Mike with a proposition to evaluate a highly classified physics experiment called the “Albuquerque Door.” After immediate refusal, Mike’s curiosity gets the better of him and he agrees to observe and evaluate the secretive experiment. Despite the unbelievable that is accomplished by walking from one building to another that’s across the compound in a matter of a second, there is an even more unbelievable aspect to the Door that Mike is trying to figure out–and it might just wind up saving the world.
The book begins with a chapter about one couple believing that their spouse isn’t who they truly are and quickly moves into another portion of narrative that seems to be a complete non-sequitur at first glance, which I’ll admit was rather jarring at the time. But things begin to come together to clarify how they relate to one another. There was plenty of technical language along with more conversational language to make it easy to read. Chapters were kept shorter, which helped to increase the pacing of the narrative and make it all too easy to read a majority of the book in one sitting. While the plot “twists” were actually rather predictable in the established tropes in sci-fi circles, it was still entertaining to behold the reactions while the characters realized what was actually going on. The characters were rather well developed; Mike was described physically as a young Severus Snape, but in mental acumen, he reminded me of Criminal Minds‘ Dr. Spencer Reid–not too shabby of a combination if I might say (and I can!).
Overall, I’d give it a 5 out of 5 stars.
P.S. The jacket cover is cleverly designed, not only in its visual aspect but also in its tactile element. The “fold” in the multiverse is slightly depressed from the rest of the cover, providing a physical representation of the possibility of teleportation as it’s described within the book.