One drive through a sandstorm, a relationship in the balance, an ending not entirely a surprise yet deeply satisfying in its cleverness.
Wow! Phew! My mind supplied these words on finishing this book of its own accord. This book had taken it on a bizarre trip that got creepier by the page.
It was like a nightmare that scares you to the soles of your feet. One that infringes on your reality for several seconds after you have opened your eyes. One that makes you glad that it was all a dream after all and once this realization hits, you begin to recognize the brilliancy of its content.
The fear didn’t go entirely, it stayed with me a while after I turned the last page. I managed to distract myself but I know the feeling is there every time I go back to think about this book.
Apart from being a mind-bending thrill, the story also has plenty of food for thought. Take the beginning where Reid talks about thoughts being more real than actions or later when his character, Jake discusses why it is so hard for us to believe that the person sitting next to us might be the smartest person in the world, or when Jake’s girlfriend claims that it is impossible to be the best kisser in the world as kissing is not an individual activity. All of these and more are scattered throughout the book that tie in nicely with the central theme of the book when it is revealed.
In conclusion, this one is a roller coaster for the mind so pick it up if you are up to the twists and turns.