Method of the world’s destruction: climate change, accelerated by a group of geeky mad scientists accidentally starting a war with a bunch of witches by creating a wormhole that could possibly destroy the planet.
I loved this book. It’s weird and hard to classify, but that just makes it all the more interesting.
First of all, don’t make the mistake of assuming it’s teen fiction. It starts off like teen fiction, including centering around two very specially special talented kids, and every adult they encounter is, stereotypically, a complete a$$hole. One kid is a super-genius science geek and the other is a nerdy witch. They have a weird encounter that results in some considerable craziness, and the children are separated as one is admitted into a school for witches and the other is admitted into a math and science school, where the elite brains of modern science can keep an eye on him.
Some other reviewers found this annoying. I did not. To me, it brought to mind some Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams style obsurdities. I liked the fact that the characters stopped to be human during disaster, because that’s what humans do. I like the fact that denial was a tragic flaw that both protagonists struggled with.
It’s a quirky sort of book, and it’s hard to classify and it’s not perfect. One thing that’s a little odd is that it almost reads like two books; the teen fiction book, and the mature love story cleverly disguised as science fantasy. Another thing is that the guy that you figure is going to be the big bad villain of the book . . . just isn’t. Really; nothing happens. I love it because it’s almost Game of Thrones like in its bucking of tropes, but I can see how it might confuse some readers. But it didn’t confuse me, so if you can handle a little absurdity, I highly recommend it!