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Patricia, one of the two protagonists, is at the center of the fantasy plot. Laurence, the other protagonist, anchors the science fiction plot. Both are imperfect. Both are likable. Their lives repeatedly intersect, and I wanted the two of them to behave at their best and to fare well. The secondary characters were nicely drawn: I particularly enjoyed Theodolphus Rose, Peregrine, and the Tree. Minor spoiler alert: I loved the two-second time machine.
For me, at its heart, this book is about friendship and building bridges, including a bridge between those who like fantasy and those who like science fiction. It's my favorite of the three Nebula nominees that I've read in the past month. (Well, of the nominees in the novel-length category. I also read the short story nominees.)
The novel opens with six-year-old Patricia discovering she can talk to birds. Then there's a jump in time and we meet Laurence, a bullied middle-schooler who has created a watch that can jump 2 seconds into the future, and he's also working on AI with a computer he created in his closet. Patricia goes to the same school as he, and is also bullied. When he hires her to convince his parents she's his 'hiking' friend, their lives take a turn, and are forever after entwined.
Oh, and there's also the assassin school counselor who's trying to take them both out because he claims they bring on the apocalypse in the future.
The first 116 pages take place in this middle-school Hell, but the rest of the novel takes place when they're both adults. They went their separate ways at the end of middle school, but now, as adults, they 'accidentally' keep meeting, again and again. Patricia is a member of a witch society, and Laurence is creating a machine that will transport people to another planet if the earth collapses.
This novel is a love story, an apocalypse story, an AI story, a magic story. Oh, and also philosophical. Take some of these lines:
""Well," Patricia said. "A society that has to burn witches to hold itself together is a society that has already failed, and just doesn't know it yet."" (This one probably needs to go up on my writing board)
""I don't actually think that ethics are derived from principles. At all." Patricia scooted a little closer again and touched his arm with a few cool fingertips. "I think that the most basic thing of ethics is being aware of how your actions affect others, and having an awareness of what they want and how they feel. And that's always going to depend on who you're dealing with.""
This novel would be a great pick for a University Freshman class. Or a book group. So many discussable things.
The novel's not perfect, it can get a little messy at times, but it is unique and takes risks, and made me think. It's one I'd enjoy re-reading, and I've already recommended it to 2-3 people.
There are two storylines about how to respond to the earth’s eventual environmental end – one by a central character who comes from the community of magic and another character who comes from the intellectual scientific community. The only reason they interact is because they grew up together as social outcasts in the same school where they became friends.
Their early life as “nerds” is overdone. Laurence (the scientific genius) is constantly being physically tortured in a variety of ways by the school bully. Patricia (the eventual magician) is socially shunned and has rocks thrown at her with some frequency. The number of these episodes becomes just too much. Perhaps the author is overcompensating for her own difficult childhood (Google her). Patricia’s sister, an obvious sociopath that tortures both animals and Patricia herself, seems to be their parent’s favorite for no good reason. Okay, we get it, people who are different are often treated unfairly, but the book makes it seem like school is a perpetual deadly hazing ritual.
Their lives diverge as one becomes a superstar in the scientific world and the other a significant figure in the magical world, but they occasionally intersect. It is those intersections that temper both of them and allow them to peer into each other’s world.
All in all, the scientific community gets painted as ethically challenged. Rather than alleviating the world’s environmental problems, they spend their time and capital on escaping it to go to another world. The implication is that they will most likely spoil the new world if they succeed.
The magical community is portrayed as the true healers of the earth, although their end game is anything but healing. Patricia has true connections to the natural world and animals, and her skills in that regard are held in esteem by her fellow magicians. They also fear she will make another mistake like an episode that started for environmental reasons in Siberia, but back-fired with unintended consequences.
Neither the magical nor scientific communities appear to be much aware of each other except for the episodic interactions between Patricia and Laurence and one episode near the end.
The reader, of course, hopes that the two protagonists will join forces to save the world from destruction by human hands. Or that they will unite the magical and scientific to find solutions. None of this happens and the book ends in a muddle. Patricia and Laurence find affection and affinity for each other, but their respective communities of magic and science do not. Perhaps that will occur in a sequel.
The book wasted my time and money. The author has numerous other published works and has received a number of minor literary prizes, so I expected better. Perhaps her work at Gawker changed her.
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