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I’m going to discuss what really put the book over the top for me. I’ll try and be as vague as possible with most of the specific details, but I’ll have to make mention of a couple of things later in the book. So if you’ve not finished reading yet, you’ve been warned.
The book starts off with an odd love triangle between Abraham and his wife and his mistress. Abraham has a child from both women and the three of them live in their own happy little world. Other people think it’s strange, but the three of them and the two boys are all ok with the arrangement. Happy even. I wasn’t sure what I thought about that aspect of the book at first, but I continued to read on. Robinson dropped another clue on us early on in the book when Abraham touches the Apocalypse Machine and has a “vision”. In that vision, a voice tells him that “I am with you”. He leaves it up to the reader to guess at what that means and who said it. Was it God? Was it the Machine?
It wasn’t until the end of the book when Abraham must make a choice, a potential sacrifice, that I finally put together what Robinson had done. And he’s a genius for it, and I’m an fool for not catching it immediately. It’s no coincidence that the main character’s name in the book is Abraham. Because Robinson pulled the story of Abraham straight out of the Old Testament book of Genesis. It’s all there, and I missed it at first. Abraham had sons by two different women, his wife Sarah and their servant Hagar. Abraham was promised by God to be “the father of many nations” and that “all nations will be blessed through you”. Later in life, Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac on mount Moriah (and God sent an angel to stop him before it happened).
Robinson literally pulled the character of Abraham out of the old testament and dropped him into a modern day kaiju novel! It’s very cleverly done and addicting to read. And just when the book is coming to a close, Jeremy throws in a twist in the very last line that is the perfect little something extra.
This is an outstanding book. 5 out of 5 all the way.
Also, the natural reaction to overcome monstrosities is family. And this book is about family. Although I'm not fond of the polygamy stream followed, the devotion to one another is really the best motion force to keep our lives going forward and never give up. Finally, some episodes reminded me of biblical stories, like the Abraham sacrifice of his ... you'll know when you read it, which indicates the true scope of its author for this book.
To be a book of biblical proportions in its genre.
My opinion is that it delivers and opens several doors to spin-off stories. Especially the last sentence that really got me curious, but you know ... I won't tell you because you need to read to book in order to understand it :)
Looking forward to the next novel ... Just hope a movie might come out of it, or a TV series since their quality level is currently very high :)
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