The Fold Synopsis: The folks in Mike Erikson’s small New England town would say he’s just your average, everyday guy. And that’s exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he’s chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence.
That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step. The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe.
Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems—and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret. As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys…everything. -Goodreads Synopsis
This is a ‘side-quel’ to 14. (See my review of 14 here). What does this mean? It takes place in the same universe as 14, but is not a direct sequel.
The Fold Review
I wish I could say that I loved The Fold. Heck, I wish I could say that I really liked it! Unfortunately, I can’t. I went into The Fold fresh from 14 and was expecting great things and intrigued to see where he would go next. (Again, I listened to this as an audio book, and I was glad to see it was the same person that narrated 14 who also narrated The Fold.) Even though The Fold was not a sequel per-say to 14, it had the ‘second book in a trilogy’ issues that so many 2nd books have.
There were 2 things about the book that were downright irritating, and I hope the author never makes these mistakes again in the future.
1.) Repeated references to ‘the ants’. We get it, the main character has a photographic memory. We know that the visual representations of ants is how his mind works. You do NOT need to tell us this every other page. Every time there’s a reference to Mike remembering something, this does NOT need to be said. It is perfectly okay to say “he mentally compared” or something like that.
2.) The main character is a genius with excellent pattern recognition capabilities. WE GET IT. He has excellent pattern-recognition capabilities. He’s a genius. He has a photographic memory. STOP TELLING US. Please. The constant repetitions are just downright annoying. Now, not included as a major, but a minor annoyance – the geniuses were idiots! Seriously? How could they not put at least some of the minor stuff together?
Overall, I think Mr. Clines tried way too hard to replicate the formula that made 14 so successful, but just could not get it to work with the story line he’d chosen. Hence, instead of being eager for the story to continue – I couldn’t wait for it to end. I couldn’t wait for it to end simply because I wanted to put The Fold on my “Finished reading” list.