The Adjacent

The Adjacent

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In the near future, Tibor Tarent, a freelance photographer, is recalled from Anatolia to Britain when his wife, an aid worker, is killed--annihilated by a terrifying weapon that reduces its target to a triangular patch of scorched earth. A century earlier, Tommy Trent, a stage magician, is sent to the Western Front on a secret mission to render British reconnaissance aircraft invisible to the enemy. Present day: a theoretical physicist develops a new method of diverting matter, a discovery with devastating consequences that will resonate through time.
Publisher: London : Titan Books, 2014, c2013
ISBN: 9781781169438
1781169438
Branch Call Number: PRI
Characteristics: 374 p. ;,25 cm

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Oct 12, 2014

Call it cosmic roulette, if you will. In many ways that is what the multiverse theory seems to embody. There are infinite possibilities and variations on every choice we make, every outcome random. Christopher Priest zeroes in on that idea in The Adjacent through the eyes of a central cast of characters in three different storylines. One story is set in a dystopian future where climate change has left the world dealing with deadlands and superstorms on a regular basis; another story is set in WWI, and the other is set in WWII. Each storyline has a central character with similar names: Trent, Tarent, and Torrance. Are these men the same person? Probably. It isn't really explained. But there is slow, IV drip of clues and hints that leaves you feeling strangely unsettled. "Where have I seen this person before?" I kept asking. The Adjacent is a thrilling, maddening read.

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