The Adjacent

The Adjacent

Book - 2013
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"Tibor Tarent, a freelance photographer, is recalled to Britain from Anatolia where his wife Melanie has been killed by insurgent militia. IRGB is a nation living in the aftermath of a bizarre and terrifying terrorist atrocity - hundreds of thousands were wiped out when a vast triangle of west London was instantly annihilated. The authorities think the terrorist attack and the death of Tarent's wife are somehow connected. A century earlier, a stage magician is sent to the Western Front on a secret mission to render British reconnaissance aircraft invisible to the enemy. On his journey to the trenches he meets the visionary who believes that this will be the war to end all wars. In 1943, a woman pilot from Poland tells a young RAF technician of her escape from the Nazis, and her desperate need to return home. In the present day, a theoretical physicist stands in his English garden and creates the first adjacency. THE ADJACENT is a novel where nothing is quite as it seems. Where fiction and history intersect, where every version of reality is suspect, where truth and falsehood lie closely adjacent to one another." --Publisher description.
Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2013.
ISBN: 9780575105379
Characteristics: 419 pages ;,24 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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