Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Skylight by Kevin Hopkins
I'm on a roll this week with adult sci.fi books! Today I have a review of Skylight by Kevin Hopkins. For info on the author and a brief except click here.
One October night, millions died when the air suddenly became unbreathable. Miraculously left alive, Martin Fall journeys home to Los Angeles and watches as society collapses all around him, leaving him to pick up the pieces. But when he’s recruited for a dangerous mission, he must confront his tragic past to rescue a technology that could save the earth from destroying itself. (Goodreads)
Wow, the opening chapters of this book took my breath away (pun intended). We first meet Martin and his family while they are on vacation with friends in Colorado. During their daughter's soccer game people start dropping to the ground, dead. Martin tries to help his family, rushing his wife, daughter and their daughter's friend to the hospital. On route, all heck breaks loose. The scenes are intense and full of emotion.
The rest of the story flip-flops back and forth between the past and the present. In the current day, we see Martin living amongst the homeless in an LA sports arena. He is contacted by his previous boss, the chairperson of the LA Department of Energy, to help solve oil plant bombings. His investigation takes him into a web of lies and murder. And if you're wondering about the title? Skylight refers to an ambitious, and deadly solar energy project.
This book reminded me of the M. Knight Shyamalan movie, The Happening, where nature takes revenge against humanity. The lack of oxygen concept is a stretch, and the author even emits it, but he wants people to think about the environment. I love survival books and enjoyed reading the events that took place while Martin was trying to return home to LA.
This is a good book. 4 stars!