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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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Where is the logic? The government and the world are filled with brilliant people, and many of these people are physically fit and have multiple skill sets. In other words, they know a lot about a lot. Who does the government ask to investigate the aberration, AKA apocalypse machine? Abraham Wright, the journalist from Modern Scientist. The very scientist who was unable to figure out or remember that he may have a sample of the machine material in his backpack. He heads off with the military as the "science guy" to investigate "the machine". He almost lost his life getting the sample, but he forgot to give it to anyone.
What big holes the story has says Little Red Riding Hood. At the beginning of the story, the president and their staff was informed that the volcanos will be the cause of another ice age in the northern hemisphere where crops will fail due to lack of sun. Do you know what else dies...almost everything else. I believe that trees need the sun to make leaves, grass needs the sun, and everything green needs the sun. Animals will starve and die. Inhalation of volcanic ash will kill animals and humans. If there is enough ash to cause an ice age in North America, there will be ash on the ground for a long time. Yet, we learn that a year later everyone who is not important is removed from the shelter. Volcanic ash would still be a risk for everyone even if it has stopped falling because it would be thick on the ground. Address of the conditions that everyone had to survive in was gotten around by advancing the story 15 years into the future.
Abrupt changes are like getting drunk on too much tequila on your 30th birthday. There were points of view from random people about the living conditions and suddenly, you are 15 years in the future. You are confused by what is going on with the random people. You are wondering what happened to all the story characters that you knew during the 15 year blackout. You are left wondering if there was something you missed. You just find yourself next to the toilet dry heaving and wishing that you hadn't had so many shots of tequila.
(Warning: a bit of a spoiler). Then you find out that the main character's wife may have been part of coup de tat to overthrow the government, and she is now president. Your son is a general, and your other son is one of the smartest people on the planet. This was worrisome on multiple levels as I never got the feeling that Mina was a great leader, and I was under the impression that the boys were really young, around 5 or 6 years old. Fifteen years later these boys are the best out there? Really? Wasn't the military entrenched with the president? Weren't there other smart people being kept safe for the future in hidden bunkers?
Speaking of the Wright family, raise your hand if you weren't confused about how Bell was the "surrogate" mother to his other son, and it never would have happened if Mina had not given up on them ever having a child together. I couldn't tell if "surrogate" wasn't a euphemism for having an affair. If she was an actual surrogate, they would not have moved her into the house after she had the baby. There obviously wasn't anything wrong with Mina's eggs as she got pregnant while Bell was pregnant, so they would have used Mina's egg. Yet this child looked like Bell, so they obviously had not used Mina's eggs. This why I question if "surrogate" wasn't a nice term for Abraham had an affair and knocked up Bell. And now he has some sister wives.
Religiosity. I have to hand it to Jeremy Robinson in writing a book that had obvious biblical references that would not tick off most non-Christians and writing a book that references a machine had created our species that still would not tick off most Christians. That was quite the fine line that was being walked. Abraham had two partners, much like from the bible. Sarah AKA Mina could not have children (though Mina did end up having a child). Ishah and Ike are oddly similar to Ishbak and Isaac, but maybe that is just me. The talking and visions from the machine when laying on the hands. The god like similarities. The sacrifice of the son that is actually never required. I have to totally give it to Jeremy Robinson. This was all very well done. I am not sure how I felt about the ultimate ending...maybe disappointed, but overall, the story did point us to this very ending.
Abraham Wright's life is...complicated. Father of two 8-year-old boys who were born two months apart (wait, how does that math work?), he is well versed on a variety of topics, though an expert in none. "He knows a lot about a lot." At the story's outset he is a journalist for a science magazine following a team of volcanologists in Iceland. When an injury to one of the party causes all Hell to break lose, nearly literally, his journey to save the human race from extinction begins. The trials he endures teach him who he really is, as a man, a father, a husband, and a, well, it's complicated.
Trust me people, what happens in this story will defy your predictions. Robinson's creativity is on full display as his most unique character to date endures an odyssey to save more than just the world.
I wanted to love it, but I just couldn't.
I'm so sick of a Kaiju novel with an impervious Kaiju. That takes everything out of it. Give me some bombs that work or some explanation as to WHY the Kaiju is impervious not a "well that's the way it goes" reasoning. Remember how The reader has to suspend belief?
I very much enjoyed all of the side stories in the book, but Abraham's was honestly just tedious. If he wasn't talking about his family, he was going through some tumultuous emotional breakthrough and blah, blah, blah.
Honestly, for someone who doesn't want to dwell on the fact that he spent a lifetime running away from a family he swore he wasn't ashamed of, he sure never does shut up about them.
The only reason I gave it three stars instead of four was because I honestly found Abraham's bumbling tomfoolery unbearable. Give me more of the rainforest tribes, or the flotilla nation, but for the love of Christ don't subject me to Abraham again.