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The Fold by Peter Clines {4 Stars}

The Fold by Peter Clines is a sci-fi story of what happens when science attempts a leap forward and stumbles rather badly. The Fold had just enough Lovecraftian-horror elements to hook me without keeping me up at night, and I devoured it during a ten-hour car ride even to the point of breaking out a flashlight (ie my phone) to read the last few pages as it got too dark to read ;-). If you like your sci-fi addictive and just a bit spooky, don’t miss The Fold!

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Fold from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Fold by Peter Clines {4 Stars}

The Fold by Peter Clines
Published by Crown on June 2nd, 2015
Genres: Adult, Horror, Sci-fi
Page Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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STEP INTO THE FOLD.
IT’S PERFECTLY SAFE.

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.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • The big plot point of The Fold is the mystery. What are these scientists really doing, what strange things are going on that they aren’t saying?? I am a sucker for a good sci-fi mystery because I love finding out what crazy thing is under the surface, so I couldn’t stop turning the pages.
  • My love of plot twists is no secret and so I was delighted to be surprised multiple times by The Fold because it goes to some insane places! Seriously, just wait, this is going to be a movie guaranteed.
  • Despite being pretty strong sci-fi, The Fold is very readable. Things are explained in ways that make a fair amount of sense without getting overdone.
  • The Fold is definitely a blend of horror and sci-fi. I was a little nervous and slightly grossed out at points, but it never got to a point where I had to put it down because I’m a complete chicken ;-). I was engrossed instead of horrified and would definitely read a sequel even if it focused more on the horror elements.
  • Besides the crazy invention, the other main focus of The Fold is Mike’s genius. He has perfect memory and how that is described from his perspective is so fascinating. Obviously he can’t just constantly know everything because he isn’t a computer, and so instead he has some creative methods of visualizing what is all in his brain and accessing what he needs. Also he can watch movies inside his head after he’s seen them, ha!
  • Finally, I was really happy with the diversity of the characters in The Fold. There are a number of women that are in key technical positions and characters of various ethnicities that were described without invoking food colors, yey!

Weaknesses:

  • While there is a fairly good reason for this, I wasn’t satisfied with the amount of detail about what is actually going on. I must know more! There seriously needs to be a sequel.
  • I get that the main character is a guy and so there will be some amount of male gaze to be accurate, but it annoys me to no end when I as a female reader am made UNCOMFORTABLE with the descriptions the male protagonist is narrating about the women around him. It wasn’t so bad that I put down the book, but I could have done without paragraphs focusing on how attractive the handful of women were.

Summary:

The Fold is a great summer read if you like your sci-fi addictive and just a bit creepy. While I would have liked a bit more detail of what was really going on, I’m hopeful that a follow-up novel is a possibility and will definitely be grabbing it. The Fold is also a good book if you don’t tend to read much adult sci-fi but want to give it a try since it is so engaging while still having classic elements.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 The Fold by Peter Clines

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  1. If you want more details, I recommend 14 by Clines. It actually came before The Fold and may help fill in the gaps from this book.
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    • Woot, thanks! I like that I could easily read The Fold without having read 14, but now I can go back and get more of what I already love :D

  2. This was fun. I honestly have to admit I didn’t notice his descriptions of female characters. Or perhaps I did and I didn’t warrant it worth memory cells to retain :)
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