- File Size: 2701 KB
- Print Length: 590 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Castalia House (July 3, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 3, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010XWRSVS
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John C. Wright's Somewither is the story of a boy named Ilya whose father seems to be a secret agent working for the Vatican. Ilya, infatuated with a slightly older girl, finds a way to work for her father. Instead of a typical romance story, however, the girl's father is a mad scientist, he creates a portal to another dimension, the girl gets sucked in, and Ilya rushes in to rescue her.
In this parallel dimension, Ilya encounters a never-ending series of parallel universes where various important biblical events did not happen. In one, the flood never happened, in another, Moses never challenged the Pharaoh and Egypt became the dominant force on earth, and in the "main universe" that the story takes place in, the Tower of Babel was never destroyed, and we see the end result of a cruel and powerful humanity whose sole purpose is conquest.
And you get all that heady info in the first 50 pages, or so!
Somewhither will not be for everyone, and that's fine. As I said, I struggled to get started, I temporarily lost interest, and the entire time I read it, I felt my mind being stretched - which is not always a pleasant experience, since a nice, pleasant atrophy is easier. I think Mr. Wright wrote an excellent book, but I do believe that I need to workout my brain muscle more and then come back to reread this book.
The start of the book was a little slow for this reader, but that is a reflection of years spent reading what can now be recognized as dross. Once things clicked, once one accepts that the author doesn't treat the reader as a child who needs hand holding through the setting and characters, the rest of the book builds at a steady pace to a fantastic ending. Readers who enjoy pulpy cross-dimensional sci-fi jaunts with plenty of action and mystery and a touch of young romance won't be disappointed by this book. It is hard to imagine how John C. Wright will top himself in the obligatory sequels, but if they are even half as fun as this book, it will be worth the wait to find out.
“It was because of the guy I wanted not to be.”
Who says that? Especially now, when self-esteem appears inversely related to achievement, when everyone is special and everyone is a hero? This protagonist does, and the contrarian that I am, I immediately suspected he would, in fact become one of the more memorable heroes by the time the story is done. And I was not wrong.
Somewhither presents a world that is both recognizable and surreal, taking comfortable sci-fi and fantasy elements and using them as only Mr. Wright can. A young man on a quest? Check. A beautiful love interest? Of course. A Big Bad of world-shattering proportions? You bet. A team of quirky sidekicks? Oh yes, big time. The novel takes all of these pieces and lifts them into the stratosphere. There scope is bigger, the questions weightier, and the over-reaching vision is like nothing you might expect to come out from the sum of its parts.
The tone of the novel, to match both the age and the attitude of the first-person narrator, is surprisingly light for a work of this ambition. It sidetracks in riffing on the tropes of modern storytelling (no, the hero assures us during one of the many tense moments, this is not a “found footage” story, and he will not keel over in Chapter 2, leaving us only with his blood stained diary!) It laments the influence that Star Trek might have on anyone traveling between the worlds. And, just to make sure everyone remembers that the story, fantastic though it might be, is actually rooted in reality, we get an off-hand mention of Planned Parenthood. In hands of a lesser writer, it could have easily been a mess, but we’re talking about the writer who gave us The Golden Age trilogy, so have a little faith.
Speaking of faith… Prayers in general, and Catholic references in particular do play an important role. If, like me, you’re not a Christian, you may even need to Google a few items. (IS there actually a patron saint of throat ailments? Apparently, yes.) I will tell no more, for fear of spoilers, except to say that the inclusion of faith is both necessary to the story and organic to the character.
The pacing is near perfect, alternating between breathtaking, at times extremely violent, action and the slower sections that allow the reader to absorb the wealth of information about the world. Although Amazon estimates the novel at over 500 pages, it comes to the end almost too quickly and provides just enough closure to make us impatient for the sequel, which, rumor has it, is in the works. I, for one, can’t wait.