I'm not doing a YA today, instead I have a great Sci-Fi mystery for everyone. The book is Exodus 2022 by Kenneth G. Bennett.
Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. Or so it seems.
Unable to contain his grief, Joe loses control in public, screaming his daughter’s name and causing a huge scene at a hotel on San Juan Island in Washington State. Thing is, Joe Stanton doesn’t have a daughter. Never did. And when the authorities arrive they blame the 28-year-old’s outburst on drugs.
What they don’t yet know is that others up and down the Pacific coast—from the Bering Sea to the Puget Sound—are suffering identical, always fatal mental breakdowns.
With the help of his girlfriend—the woman he loves and dreams of marrying—Joe struggles to unravel the meaning of the hallucination destroying his mind. As the couple begins to perceive its significance—and Joe’s role in a looming global calamity—they must also outwit a billionaire weapons contractor bent on exploiting Joe’s newfound understanding of the cosmos, and outlast the time bomb ticking in Joe’s brain. (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed this book. It gave off a Genesis type of feeling. First we have Joe, he is a wonderful and intelligent man. I like that even though he hears "voices" he rationally works his way through his problems and is logical when he finds out the real reason. His girl friend is also sane and steady. She loves Joe and stays with him through the weird stuff and even joins in the mystery. Both characters are well written and their back stories keep their character's fully fleshed.
The plot of the book is also interesting. Humans have pretty much destroyed the environment and within a few decades the oceans will be so acidic that ocean creatures will not be able to survive. So, what do they do? Read the book. There is also allusion to a divine creator and evil. I enjoyed how the author worked them both into the plot. The ending is so good, and the sacrifice humbling.
Only one pet peeve to mention, and that is the stereotype that Conservatives are evil humans that are extreme. Luckily, those are brief. Great book- 4 stars!