The Need
ISBN: 1508279799
EAN13: 9781508279792
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 9, 2019
Pages: 1
Dimensions: 5.6" H x 5.8" L x 0.5" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Compact Disc
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   great beginning
The first fifty or so pages of this novel are tantalizing and gripping, but then the plot veers sharply into a weird universe. The sci-fi angle, which is mildly intriguing, is juxtaposed with a story of an exhausted and indulgent mother of an infant and an unruly four-year-old, but the motherhood angle just wore me out. Breastfeeding considerations occupy way too many pages, and the toddler is old enough for a healthy dose of behavioral consequences which the mother, Molly, is too pooped to dish out. Molly also works as a paleobotanist and is excavating a pit near a Phillips 66 station that has been converted into a headquarters for her and her coworkers. This pit has yielded some inexplicable finds, including a Bible in which all pronouns referencing God are female. Religious zealots become incensed and obsessed with the Bible, and I would have preferred more focus on that artifact, along with the ramifications of its discovery, and less focus on toddler tantrums. Molly is patient to a fault, both with her kids and with the other main character, about whom I don’t want to reveal too much. I get it that managing two small children leaves no time for much of anything else, but the ad nauseam drudgery of Molly’s life as a parent pretty much nullifies the very promising opening of this novel. The book is a little spooky throughout, in a mind-bending, Stephen King sort of way. The plot loses its sense of urgency early on, but I have to say that I still wanted to know how the author was going to resolve its central conflict. I actually liked the ending—but not nearly as much as the beginning.