- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Story Plant (May 24, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611882176
- ISBN-13: 978-1611882179
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,300,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Several small areas around the world, mostly wild and sparsely inhabited, are found to have disappeared. The few who witness this are not believed or have no one to tell. One spot, however, is in a popular New York City beach area and is several hundred feet long. (More about this later). When a few strands of the story make their way to the US government, the problem is dumped on the UN, where a young employee who has witnessed the phenomenon in Africa is called on to find a physicist to find a solution. The fellow she enlists is somewhat out of the mainstream, and she sets him up in a lab in a dilapidated apartment house near the UN. She, the scientist and a scientist friend of his move in and begin work. I'm not exactly sure why she has to live there, but she does. So far so good - except this takes about a quarter of the book, interspersed with long back stories, run-on philosophizing and theorizing, and very awkward breaks in the story line, which jumps ahead now and then with no sense of time having passed. Other scientists get distantly involved, no one agrees on what the phenomenon is, and the only original thinking is being done in that apartment. The scientist and the UN employee fall in love. They try experiments, they make leaps of thought. Things slowly move along until a disaster at the beach (no spoilers), at which point even the long-suffering reader starts to wonder WTF? Oddly, though, this bizarre ongoing "nothing" at a New York City beach raises little interest from the public and none from the press. Anyhow, the scientists keeps getting closer to solving the "why" and possibly the "how to fix", and at this point the reader really does need to stick around because it is, after all, a rather interesting problem.
My suggestion to anyone other than physics majors is to read the "action" parts, browse the physics as necessary to get an understanding of what's being considered, skim the philosophizing, and skip some of the back stories if you find them beside the point. That's how I managed to finish the book, and it worked very well. I will say the end was not what I expected, and I can't tell yet how I feel about it, but it was equally dense and somewhat indecipherable.