I want to offset some of these negative reviews, and the final book in the series was my favorite by far. This series is fiction about the lives of scientists... not science fiction. It's not action packed, not thrilling, and not exactly romantic. In particular, I found the interrelated discussions of climate science and American Transcendentalism to be utterly captivating, and truly moving.
If you want a thriller/ shoot em up, you probably shouldn't get this. If endless digressions about about hiking in the Sierras, raising children, looking at paintings by Vuillard, reading Emerson, Listening to Astor Piazzolla, and considering the carbon sink capacity of lichen covered trees in Siberia sounds interesting, than this is the book for you.
Consumed is expertly narrated by William Hurt. At first, his style bothered me, as it seemed much more "dramatic" than a typical narration, but by the end, it felt as if I were listening to a radio play more than a traditional audiobook.
The story is classic Cronenberg. If you're a fan like me, this is like a grand buffet of what I've missed from his last decade of films. Unsettling, amusing, erotic, horrific and mundane, often all at the same time. If you enjoy a strange tale that unfolds in unexpected directions this does not disappoint. If you're looking for a plot that you feel "makes sense", this may not be the book for you.
My favorite line: "Have you heard of 3D philosophical tissue printing?"
An engaging story with many twists and turns, set in bucolic east coast environs. Well read too, with clear distinction between characters voices'. Wish it had been longer!
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