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Book Review: Fallout by Wil Mara

Fallout
Author:
Wil Mara

Published: April 25, 2017
288 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Silver Lake, Pennsylvania, is hit by a monster storm. When a massive lightning strike hits one of the nuclear reactors that provides power to Silver Lake and much of the state, essential components fail. Explosions and containment breaches follow. Radiation pours into the storm-wracked air.

Preparing for a storm was one thing, but all the duct tape, plastic tarps, and particle board in the world won’t protect the townspeople from the fallout. Sarah Redmond, acting mayor of Silver Lake, and her husband, an EMT, find themselves battling the storm and nuclear disaster simultaneously: flash floods and evacuations, downed trees and radiation sickness.

Staff at the power plant scramble to determine the extent of the damage and stop the leaks. Everything’s being streamed onto the internet by Marla Hollis, a local journalist who happened to be in the right place at the wrong time. Trapped at the plant, she’s determined to get the story out at any cost.

Nuclear disaster, not in far-off Chernobyl or Fukushima, but on American soil. How much of Pennsylvania will become a radioactive nightmare for generations to come?

Kim’s Review:

I’m officially terrified of radiation. All that radiation, contained in that nuclear core and so little separating it from the population. This book had me in anxious fits through the whole thing!! I kept having to calm myself down by telling me that we’re nowhere near a nuclear power plant.  So I was enjoying being scared and working myself up … but there are only 3 stars up there. The ending. How can a book be so great and then ruined by a sucky ending!! I wish I could go into way more detail, but I can’t because I don’t want to give anything away!! I’m sure y’all can imagine what it would take to reduce a 5 star rating to a 3, so I’ll let y’all ponder. I just wish I could say that I loved this book because 90% was awesome!

I’d definitely recommend this book to most people, it’s scary because it’s so possible, yet safe, because it’s so improbable.

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What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra

What the Woods Keep
Author:
Katya de Becerra

Published: September 18, 2018
352 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.

Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it’s all catching up with her: her mother’s mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father’s outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden’s own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.

As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible—something that threatens reality itself.

Kim’s Review:

This was an odd read. I spent most of the book trying to figure out if I kissed something and the other half trying to understand what was happening. There was a lot of science and mythology, which you wouldn’t think were comparable … but in this case, apparently so! I just felt so confused the whole time. I’m not a physics person, but thanks to Star Trek, I’m a understanding layman. But then adding Norse mythology and magic into it, I’m still not sure what happened. There were some cool fantasy elements and the world building, outside of reality, was pretty cool. Hayden’s daddy issues seemed a bit childish in the face of saving the world.

Overall, it was eh. I think I would have liked it better if Becerra had given a little more exposure to the Norse Mythology, but it was still ok. I’m glad I read it … but I probably won’t read it again.

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Book Review: Bone Chase by Weston Ochse

Bone Chase
Author:
Weston Ochse

Published: December 1, 2020
336 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

There were giants on the earth in those days—at least that’s what the Bible says. But, where are they? Did they ever really exist at all?

When out-of-work math teacher Ethan McCloud is sent a mysterious box, he and his ex-girlfriend begin to unravel a mystery 10,000 years in the making—and he is the last hope to discovering the world’s greatest conspiracy. Chased by both the Six-Fingered Man and the Council of David, Ethan must survive the chase—and find the truth.

Kim’s Review:

I love a good adventure story, especially the ones based in history. Biblical history is even better. But this adventure stories have to make sense, they have to be based on logic and evidence, even if that evidence doesn’t necessarily exist in real life. Nothing kills historical adventure like assumption and fallacy. Unfortunately, Bone Chase is rife with both. Maybe if religion had been left out of it, I’d feel differently. But the idea that the existence of giants would somehow bring religion to its knees; it did nothing but make the entire plot seem inconsequential and anticlimactic.

Thankfully, there was enough action and mystery to keep me going through the book, so it wasn’t a total loss. But throwing in complicated math concepts that have really nothing to do with the story and then not explain them clearly so laypeople can understand … This was just a disappointing read. Although it’s fiction, The DaVinci Code didn’t feel inconsequential because Langdon was dealing with things of true theological significance. The existence of giants, even talked about in the Bible is a big deal historically and even scientifically, but theologically? I was just disappointed.

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