2011 Reviews

“It’s the end of the world as we know it…” In this engaging (though not always convincing story), authors Sweet and Wagner give us a glimpse of one version of the future.

The plot, at least at the start of the book, jumped around to so many different story lines that the book seemed very disjointed. It reminded me of the movie, Syriana with all of its jumps and cuts. Yet, like the movie, as it progresses, the book begins to tie together those threads into a whole.

At it’s premise it deals with a group of people who are struggling to find their role in the unfolding drama of “last day” events. While I appreciated the move away from the “Left Behind” silliness I could only shake my head at times of some alternate end-times scenario silliness just forced in the other direction.

I am thinking, in particular, of the the way in which the book ends (though examples could be pulled from a number of places). I don’t want to give the ending away but I felt cheated that the authors chose to end the book in this fashion. I am not one to feel that the authors owe me a clean, sanitized, happy ending…but at least one that is somewhat believable.

But, it is a work of fiction. And as such, the authors are free to develop the story as they see fit. Especially as we deal with “last day” issues the cloud of unknowing is admittedly strong and open to considerate and thoughtful possibilities within a fictional work which Sweet and Wagner have given us.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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