Sunday, May 29, 2016

Book Review of The Gaiad by William Butcher

In a society increasingly buried under the weight of its own insularity, an ancient and shadowy group selfishly guards a secret with the power to change everything. Tonight, on a stage in front of thousands, one of their members commits a horrible, shocking act. In the audience is Detective Fleur Romano. Bitter and world-weary, she vows to uncover the reasons behind the horror she just witnessed. In the process, she’ll discover that she's led her lonely life ignorant a fundamental truth, a truth first discovered by a man who walked the earth millennia ago, a man mysteriously familiar.

In this powerful debut, William Burcher is willing to explore unique and fantastic themes with realism and grit. The GAIAD boldly poses big questions. What do we lose, as we separate ourselves from the earth and each other? What would the future hold, if suddenly something changed with that most fundamental of relationships—the one we have with our own planet?

 Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book because of the strong plot line and characters. The book starts of strong and fast, and seems to go to a slower pace around the middle of the book. This is fine though since there is backstory that is relevant to the overall story line. 

Fleur is a character you can connect with right away, she's overworked but so curious and wants to find the truth above all else. Garr-Eth is a strong character as well, although I struggled though his parts most of all. 

This is a thinking book. While one could take this to read on the beach, I feel it's more of a in a study while drinking brandy kind of book. This book explores and questions our society and how we are treating the Earth. I think there is some things wanting in this book, I would like to have seen more showing of the action than telling of it, but overall I would recommend this book to someone who likes sci-fi or just a book that will make you think!