Friday, August 2, 2013

Best Read of the Summer

The Curiosity spins a fantastical tale of the reanimation of a man, Jeremiah Rice, frozen in a glacier at the turn of the century, and the deep relationship he develops with a brilliant scientist involved in his discovery, Kate Philo. I was able to suspend my disbelief and ignore the scientific implausibilities of the plot and enjoy this novel for the wonderful page-turning fiction that it is.

The story unfolds in narration alternating between the four main characters, and is reminiscent of the pacing and science bending skill of a Michael Crighton novel; the tender relationships in the Time Traveler's Wife; and the wonder of seeing the world through new eyes in Flowers for Algernon. The Curiosity held me spellbound for two days, left me deeply moved in several places, and I was sad to see this story end.

This book is very well written, the story sweeps along at a rapid pace, the characters are interesting, complex, and endearing. What more could I ask from a summer read?