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The two main characters are serious about their careers, and their differences. They are also serious about each other, despite the fact that neither of them, or any of their friends, think they belong together. The book is dialogue rich, with small personal crises that help define, to each of them, who they are, and how they should structure their lives. We watch as they, taking very small steps, compromise, and change their outlooks, without changing their core values.
There are some large crises, also, without being particularly earth-shaking. Someone dies, an act of domestic terrorism is committed, not happening directly to them, or by them, but affecting them, and leading to internal struggles and questions of identity. They split up over their difficulties, and figure out, after realizing that, as Robert, the male lead says "You are everything to me, Emily", they belong together on a corrected path.
The character development in this book is tremendously well done. It takes place primarily through dialogue, and slowly. When I first opened the book and started reading, I was irritated by Emily, and couldn't decide what it was that Robert saw in her, (despite being most like Emily, myself). As I continued, I couldn't seem to put the book down, for anything, (not even to cook dinner for a disgruntled husband). Several days after finishing it, I can't get it out of mind. I keep endlessly replaying the various scenes, just for the pleasure of it.
I should mention that I have about 5,000 "real" books at home, not including everything in storage, and more than 2500 on my various Kindles. I read a lot. For a book to grab hold of me like this, it's special.
If you want a memorable book experience, though not one that will cause fireworks and spurts of adrenaline, this is it. It's a love story with depth. One of the best things I've read this year.
On the downside the author did drag this story on way too long and my interested definitely waned in the middle. I'm glad I persevered though.
Robert Drake is a twenty-six year-old guy with relatively serious views of the world for a person of his age. Robert works in PR for the largest car manufacturer in the Northeast. He also happens to be a Republican.
When Emily meets Robert at a Give-Up-Your-SUV-for-One-Day rally, which she organized, her curiosity is piqued. They start dating more or less informally meanwhile having heated debates mostly about environmental practices. Before long, Emily’s views broaden and she gets to accept their differences for he is not the enemy she thought she would encounter.
Robert teaches Emily a little about astronomy, his secret pastime, and she in turn infects him with her “almost always” unwavering optimism.
My reaction to The Drake Equation was mixed. I realize that reading it after Jane Eyre was probably not a good idea, but based on the topic I should have liked it more. I’ll tell you why I didn’t: 1) there’s too much talk about the environment in this book, so much so that it feels preachy rather than a fluent part of the plot; 2) I’m sure there’s more to a Democrat than caring for the environment, but from this book you wouldn’t be able to know it; 3) the characters aren’t that well developed—I didn’t care that much whether they ended up together or not.
One thing I liked and sort of share nowadays with Emily is the disenchantment with politics and the way things are going in Congress. It makes you think twice about giving your vote one way or another. The only redeeming quality of The Drake Equation may be its message that the world is imperfect and that we do a disservice to politics and society as a whole by emphasizing our differences rather than our common ground.
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