Review: The Fold by Peter Clines

Review: The Fold by Peter ClinesThe Fold by Peter Clines
Published by Crown, Random House Publishing Group Genres: Sci Fi, Thriller
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The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence.

That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step.

The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe.

Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems—and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys…everything.

REVIEW: The Fold is a very inventive, innovative and imaginative science fiction thriller. When I started reading I didn’t know what to expect but the premise of the book kept me curious enough to continue my reading. The story starts by introducing us to two friends having a  conversation on the phone, a normal conversation between Denise & Becky specifically talking about Games of Thrones but as the conversation comes to an end one of the friends experience something terrifying.

The story then introduces us Mike Erikson, a small town teacher who happens to have an extraordinary mind. Mike enjoys teaching and though teaching teenagers has its challenges, it isn’t anything Mike can’t say makes the wheels in his brain turn.  Nothing eventful happens in Mike’s life, but after a friend’s (Reggie) visit Mike’s life changes completely. After Mike accepted the new job he embarked into an adventure of a lifetime.

The government funds all sort of projects, some projects make a lot of sense and others not so much. But when Mike is hired to supervise a project he isn’t entirely aware of what it is he is supervising. He meets the team and go over specifications, however the real purpose of the project is kept under tight control and not much information is given. But after a few meetings the scientists surrounding the project start to provide Mike with enough information for him to start making his own conclusions. The Fold as the project is called is a form of a doorway that allows travel between two points. However, after a number of anomalies happen  Mike is forced to start investigating further.

Think of The Fold as a combination of the movie Stargate & the book Passengers.  The idea of traveling through a door that allows safe and fast travel is extraordinary, but actually working is world changing experience. But when people surrounding the project don’t necessarily know how it works, things start to happen.  The story is fast paced, things develops quickly and they happen fast.  There are theories, there are practices but nothing prepares the team surrounding The Fold for what happens after one of the travels goes wrong. In one of those trials, one of the scientist is set to walk through the door – to show Mike the ropes of their project without necessarily giving him details of how it actually works, but the scientist comes through the door hurt and almost dismembered, struggling to talk and breath and after a moment of hysteria he dies but not without leaving the team baffled and afraid of what his death mean. The idea of other worlds like earth and realities makes

  The characters each brings something unique to the story, from Jamie and her potty mouth to Mike and his resemblance to Snape (Harry Potter character). The way in which Mike’s mind works is entirely a whole new level of awesome, his memory and everything surrounding The Fold is entertaining & riveting. The concept of different realities, different earths, creatures and evolution and transformations are beautifully thought out.

The Fold has a bit of everything, humor, science, mystery & romance, it is all wrapped nicely into a story that will keep you reading non stop. The author created a story with a great narrative, these characters and their voices made the story gripping. While the author didn’t necessarily go into each of these characters emotions he clearly exploited on their inability to accept defeat & change.

I enjoyed The Fold, it reminds me of a series that I enjoyed watching on TV (Stargate SG1). I think the concept though not unique it is nicely executed in a that is refreshing and inventive. If you want to read something that will make you question everything and accept nothing then you should read The Fold.

Do I recommend this book? YES!
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