Saturday, May 27, 2006
When the Wind Blows - James Patterson [May/06]
This is only the fourth time a James Patterson novel that has appealed to me. He is not a writer of the literature I am generally drawn to, but this book, and its sequel, The Lake House had something appealing about them for whatever reason. I read these books backwards, of course, but I enjoyed them. This one states on the back:
Frannie O'Neil is a talented Colorado veterinarian haunted by her husband's murder. But the course of her life about to change again. After another bizarre killing, Kit Harrison, a troubled and unconventional FBI agent, arrives on her doorstep. And late one night Frannie stumbles upon a strange, astonishing phenomenon.
Her name is Max. Only eleven years old, she will lead Frannie and Kit to uncover one of the most diabolical and inhuman plots of modern science.
I gained info on this book when a new novel was released by this author about something along the same lines. Thinking it looked interesting, my friend lent me these two. I at first thought it was sort of a science fiction type novel, but is actually a very possible near future. For all anyone knows, something not so different than it can be occuring in today's world.
It is a novel of genetic manipulation and engineering. Max, and her friends, were born in the matter of science. Altered so as to be "superhumans", their parents were told they were dead and thought never to see their children again. In the meantime, these children were locked up in a School where they were tested constantly. If a child did not match up to the scientists and doctors ideals, they were put to sleep. Something that Max and her friends worry about constantly. But one night Max and her brother, Matthew, risk everything for a chance at freedom and drastically change their life as they know it.
It was an interesting novel, not just for how disturbing it is, but because these children are delightful. They have amazing intelligence, but at the same time they have lived such a sheltered life. Ever moment spent on the outside is one new experience for them. Just in case that doesn't appeal to you, they can fly.