Wormholes: Something is devouring Earth. . .
A suburban house in Oklahoma vanishes into a roaring abyss. A supertanker at sea suffers a fiery destruction. A blast in China drills a gigantic cavern into a mountainside. A severed arm plummets from the sky in Missouri.
Could these catastrophes possibly be related? Intrepid geologist Dacey Livingstone is nearly killed by her first attempt to plumb the mystery—a perilous descent into a house-swallowing sinkhole. Still determined, she joins with eccentric physicist Gerald Meier in a quest that takes them from the ocean’s depths to interstellar space.
What are these exotic “wormholes” that threaten Earth? Can their secrets be discovered, their power even harnessed? Or will they spawn a celestial monster that will annihilate the planet? – Goodreads
Wormholes teeters right on the edge of becoming a campy Syfy ‘disaster’ movie. The plot was definitely far enough out there to qualify it. However, a steady hand with writing, and a great effort to avoid cheesy lines and dashing heroes/heroines produced a satisfyingly serious read.
That’s not to say it’s a completely believable one. I had trouble accepting a few points in the story; mostly things dealing with the characters themselves. A geologist and a theoretical astrophysicist definitely have their work cut out for them when it comes to a few decidedly spaced-out adventures. Without giving too much away, one of my main issues was the uniqueness of the characters and the breadth of their knowledge. By that I mean that one character is apparently the only one that can ‘think outside the box’ to solve problems, and another (who is college-educated, with a sciences degree) has no idea what a black hole is. Who doesn’t know what a black hole is anymore??
While I appreciated that the characters were atypical, I could not connect with the main characters and therefore simply didn’t care about them. The supporting cast was more interesting, but most of their actions were so predictable that again it was almost impossible to root for them. Still, they were fleshed out enough that I wanted them to survive, so I guess that’s saying something.
Wormholes is neither a ‘fun’ read nor a thrilling one, but it’s still a good one. It’s interesting enough to suck you in, and it keeps you at a level of (detached) fascination with what is happening. Dennis Meredith’s background in science combined with an apparent fascination for the possibilities shines through. Even if you can’t wrap your head completely around some of what’s going on, you can still see the potential and wonder in it. It’s easy to develop a respectful fascination with extremely deadly objects.
I think I was more interested in the possibilities of what they could find with the wormholes than I was with the actual ‘how do we not all die horribly’ side. I will say, though, that it was nice to read a science fiction book that wasn’t super-futuristic with wise-cracking space captains and dogfights in space. The change of pace was much appreciated.
Overall, Dennis Meredith is a solid writer and I’ll definitely be looking into more of his work in the future. Wormholes is worth the read.