Monday, October 10, 2011

Review # 40: Resonance by AJ Scudiere

     Like clockwork, every 60 million years, the Earth's magnetic poles reverse. 65 million years ago, the Earth's magnetic poles switched leading to the destruction of the dinosaurs. Planet Earth is 5 million years late for the next reversal. By the time the scientific community realizes what's to come it may already be too late.
     A group of  four scientists and medical doctors begin noticing that there are things changing in their areas of study. David, a geologist, realizes that the Earth is due for a complete magnetic pole reversal like the event that took out the dinosaurs; Jillian and Jordan work for the CDC and are studying a disease that seems harmless until its victims become comatose and begin to die; and Becky, a biologist, discovers six-legged frog mutants and strange bird migration patterns. None of these events seem to have anything in common, until the four of them meet and discover that the pole reversal starting, and maybe the end of existence as they know it.
     I am a fan of science fiction and end-of-the-world theories, therefore, when I saw the giveaway for this book on LibraryThing I knew I had to enter. After the first two chapters I didn't want to put the eBook down. What began as a slow-paced introduction to the characters and their strange discoveries turned into a fast-paced page-turner. A.J. Scudiere has a way with making the world and characters within this book come to life. I felt like I was part of the action, trying to figure out why everything was happening and how the pole reversal would effect me; I love when a book makes me feel "included" in some way. Being a microbiologist I definitely appreciated the science behind the pole reversal, and I think the author did a great job setting up the plot and the dialogue, especially the scientific parts which were easier to understand than in other books of the genre. Overall, I thought the book was great, and it had everything I wanted in an end-of-the-world scenario. The only thing that bothered me was the snappiness of the ending which seemed a little rushed, but all of the loose ends seemed to be tied up and accounted for. I recommend this book to science fiction lovers and people who want to read about world ending scenarios that doesn't involve zombies, aliens, or Mayan prophesies.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this eBook from LibraryThing Member Giveaways (Griffyn Ink) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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