The Gods require a time shifter to ensure the Path of Light reigns during the final collapse of possibilities. To speed the process of finding an Oceanic with the specific talents needed, God DNA is induced in several batches of Oceanic eggs, resulting in a generation of brilliant tiny blue Oceanic children.
One charming boy named Drogan has the ability to manipulate quantum reality in ways that will strengthen the Path of Light. Only trouble is that his gift runs a high probability of killing him and wiping out the path for good.
While the bureaucratic Gods will try to assist, in Quantum all possibilities not only can, but do happen, so the future is never certain.
Liza approached me with an ARC for review. This was my first time reading one of her novels, though I’ve known of her work for a year or so.
What did I like? Well. From the start, this book is intriguing. It starts off introducing us to a ‘God of Probability’, Zousan, and his crew (of Greek descent, but with a misnomer or two), who embark on the challenge of running a multiverse system and guiding its inhabitants along the Path of Light. The book focuses on a species called Oceanics who live in the 4th dimension on a planet called Zepwick – which is reminiscent of Earth. These beings are a very entertaining lot, and gave me many a chuckle.
I loved the way O’Connor dealt with ‘gifted’ children and the inter-relations between their intelligence and that of ‘normal’ Oceanics, very reminiscent of how things are in the real world for gifted people. The book was a fantastic roller-coaster ride of calamities and the resulting panic (amongst the Gods, that is) as the probabilities for reaching the Path of Light rocket wildly up and down. Her treatment of the dangers of nuclear waste was also brilliant. Do we consider the impact?
What didn’t I like? To be honest, very little. I think the one thing that threw me off was some of the front matter, which was a little technical (and unnecessary in my view). I could easily have gone through the book without one or two of the explanations I read before I began the book.
This book reminded me very much of Surface Tension by James Blish, and was a thoroughly entertaining read. The science-y bits are NOT complicated, and fit into the story very well.