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1414 by Peter Clines
469 pages
Science Fiction
Read Aug 10 – Aug 19, 2017

This book is really weird.

I’m talking… really weird. But it’s weird in the ‘what in the world is going on’ kind of way, not the ‘I can’t follow this’ kind of way. It was easy to follow along with what was happening, but everything was happening was just so bizarre.

I really enjoyed it!

14 opens on the main character Nate, who’s looking for somewhere new to live. After receiving a recommendation about the Kavach House, a historical apartment building, he moves in. Shortly after doing so, he starts noticing little oddities about his apartment. You know, the usual: padlocked doors on random apartments, bright green cockroaches, a landlord that is weirdly protective of the building… Then he notices other oddities in neighboring apartments. And things just keep getting weirder and weirder from there.

Having read another book by Peter Clines that I knew was somewhat related to this book (The Fold) I kind of knew what I was getting into writing-style wise, character-development-wise and so on, so nothing in either of those categories really appalled me or blew me away. Clines isn’t a purple-prose writer, but he’s a pretty good one I think. He’s able to construct chapters in a way so that the last sentence makes you go ‘Damn it’ and flip the page to the next chapter. His books are really hard to put down.

That, combined with just the morbidly fascinating development of the plot had me reading this book at every available moment – I was on honeymoon when I picked this thing up, so that’s telling you something. Honey, want to get dinner now? Hold on, lemme finish this chapter! Sweetie, wanna hop off the cruise boat and tour the town? Hold on, two more sentences on this page! My husband was very understanding though, thankfully. (And now as I’m writing this, he’s picked up the book and read nearly a third of it last night – unheard of for him, haha).

To be fair, the reviews for this book are mixed. Most of the negative ones mention the pacing. The pacing is indeed a bit slow at the beginning. The weird stuff isn’t super in your face, it’s more little things that you read and go ‘huh’… they eventually delve into ‘wtf’ level weird things, but yes, the pacing is a bit slow. It’s well worth the wait though, in my opinion.

In addition, I always find it strange and somewhat forced when a romantic subplot is forced into a book that is definitely nowhere even close to romance. There’s one in here and at times it’s a bit ‘ehh’ to read. It’s minor though, so it shouldn’t ruin your entire read of the book.

Aside from the pacing and the awkward romance, I really have nothing negative to say about this book – it’s exciting, unnerving, wtf-y, and the ending I think is pretty solid. Considering all the weird, seemingly unrelated stuff that happens in the apartment, I think the author did a rather good job of relating and wrapping it all up nicely. It was refreshing.

Overall, a good choice if you’re looking for something to keep you flipping pages. I really enjoyed it and if you pick it up, let me know if you do, too. :”D

Rating: 4/5 stars

Book Review: The Fold by Peter Clines

The FoldThe Fold by Peter Clines

Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller
Pages: 384
Published: 2015

STEP INTO THE FOLD. IT’S PERFECTLY SAFE.

The Fold to me is one of those books that you come across a few times in your life that catch you completely off guard. I had no idea this book existed, I had never seen anyone talk about it. I initially saw it on the ‘new releases’ shelf in a tiny sea-side bookstore when I was on vacation this past summer, and it stayed in my head for three months until I finally bought it.

My initial attraction to this book was the cover. Just look at it, it’s beautiful. And when I was oogling it in the bookstore, I felt the cover too. It’s textured. The fold on the cover, you can feel it. After I finished running my hands over the thing, I read the back of it and it drew me right in:

This book is about a man, Mike, who possesses a photographic memory. He’s asked by a friend to assess a secretive project called ‘The Albuquerque Door’, which uses a computer equation to ‘fold’ dimensions, creating a worm hole from one entrance to another. During this assessment, Mike starts to suspect there is more to the door than what sits in front of him, and that it may be more sinister than anyone thought possible. (Here is the full synopsis)


The thing that stuck out to me repeatedly while reading this book was that it felt like a Dan Brown novel (not saying this as a bad thing!). The main character I feel could have come right out of the guy’s head. The pacing is strikingly familiar as well. I feel that if Dan Brown had chosen to write a futuristic sci-fi instead of about the illuminati, he probably could have created this masterpiece.

And that’s just what it is: A masterpiece. I loved this book. Peter Clines did a spectacular job creating a story that drew me in and kept me there. (and while I said his writing reminded me of Dan Brown… honestly I think Cline’s is a little better, a little more gripping) The main character, while he took me a while to warm to, developed into a decent guy, despite being self-described as a Severus Snape doppleganger. That was another thing I enjoyed about this one – there were nerdy pop culture references dotted throughout the thing – Bugs Bunny, Star Trek, Stargate, Harry Potter, A Game of Thrones.. they were everywhere, but not so prominent that it distracted from the story line.

The Albuquerque Door itself was so interesting. As the story develops, you get to see it more and more in action, and each time it grows more sinister and it had me growing more uneasy every time someone stepped through it. The theory behind the door is fascinating as well, especially when the door’s origins slowly start revealing themselves. There wasn’t really an aspect about this book that I disliked.

My absolute favorite part about this book was the pacing. It was just perfect. It started out slow, but stayed interesting, as the reader is introduced to the characters and the setting. And then as soon as you start wondering when something’s gonna happen, BOOM. You turn the page, read the next sentence, and your jaw drops. You throw the book across the room, yelling ‘WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT’ and then you go get it and re-read the sentence to make sure you read it correctly.

And then, you don’t stop reading for the rest of the book. It just keeps coming – over and over, something happens that throws your ‘just one more chapter’ promise out the window. You stay up all night reading this thing. Your eyes bug out, your palms sweat, you forget to eat. Hell, I even had a dream about it when I forced myself to go to bed. This book gripped me by the heart, and I loved it.

I agonized over this book. I took it to class with me, I took it to work, I camped out in the living room late into the night, just reading it. This book became my life for three days. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, couldn’t focus on anything else. I loved the experience of reading this book as much as I loved this book.

And to think, the only reason I read it was because it had a pretty cover and was sitting in the front of a little shop on a boardwalk as I happened to by walking by.

Go read this. I’m going to be thinking about it for a long time, and it’s definitely become one of my favorite books. Buh, I want to reread it already!

Rating: 5/5 stars
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