Book Review: Superposition by David Walton

22551892Title: Superposition

Author: David Walton

Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Fantasy, Detective

Publisher: Pyr

Published: April 7, 2015

Page Amount: 303 pages

Blurb From Goodreads: Jacob Kelley’s family is turned upside down when an old friend turns up, waving a gun and babbling about an alien quantum intelligence. The mystery deepens when the friend is found dead in an underground bunker…apparently murdered the night before he appeared at Jacob’s house. Jacob is arrested for the murder and put on trial. As the details of the crime slowly come to light, the weave of reality becomes ever more tangled, twisted by a miraculous new technology and a quantum creature unconstrained by the normal limits of space and matter. With the help of his daughter, Alessandra, Jacob must find the true murderer before the creature destroys his family and everything he loves. 

Why Read: After doing some soul-searching regarding the scary potential of AI and robotics, I was searching around goodreads for a good thriller or a non-fiction to give me a better understanding of what I read one article about. And I thought that I had found it in Superposition. But I sort of make a huge mistake and it turned out this book was about quantum intelligence and nothing at all to do with AI… oh well?

Review: This was a doozy. Perhaps it was because I was listening to it over audio book at work, furiously typing and then getting minutely concerned about my well-being… OR perhaps it was because the book really messed with my head. I’m not scientist (and I’m assuming you aren’t either), but I’ve heard of entanglement. I’ve just never heard of it happening on a human level before. Let me explain very… very simply. Entanglement is the theory that in the quantum world, pairs of things cannot be described independently, i.e. everything is entangled. Picture this, Jacob becomes entangled with himself. There are TWO Jacobs, living two different lives, but they have to converge eventually.

I realize that probably didn’t help at all. In fact, I probably made it more confusing. Sorry. Getting back to the book, since I heard it all – there was definitely some confusion that I’m not sure would have been mitigated if I had read it. Because there were two Jacobs, there were two chapters for each line of their own plots… and oftentimes I got confused thinking, what, he’s where!? But he can’t be, because he’s actually here as of last chapter. So that was confusing. But overall? The book was really fun to listen to. I enjoyed the very simple descriptions of complicated scientific concepts brought to my own level of understanding (which is actually nada). And the characters, they were really interesting and I was caught up in their own situation so much so that I made many errors in my work… oops.

The plot itself was also very well-done. There were multiple points where I felt the story was keeping me on my tip-toes and I couldn’t bring myself to stop listening, even when I shouldn’t have been. And you know what? That was pretty awesome in of itself. It’s so great to listen to books and want to read faster, but know that you’re forced to listen to every single word. A discipline that I usually don’t have when I’m reading. Ahem.

SO check it out. It’s amusing, funny, frightening, and disturbing – totally read it!

Rating: 4.2/5 Stars

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