I could barely put this book down. I don’t want to give many details about the story because, the less you know going into it, the more fun you’ll have reading it. I think an excerpt from the first few lines in the book may be the best way to explain it without spoiling it.
Graham Smith locked the Post Room door, turning the key clockwise as far as it would go. He paused, counting his breaths—one, two—then turned the key counterclockwise. Another pause, more breaths, it had to be four this time, four was good, all even numbers were but four especially so. He repeated the procedure, action for action, breath for breath. Lock, unlock; breathe and count. Twice with the right hand and twice with the left. Only then could he leave work, satisfied that the door was indeed locked and all was well with the world.
Not that it would be for long. You can’t create a world in seven days without cutting corners.
So right off the bat you’re trying to figure out if the character is a little crazy, or what’s going on with him. I slowly pieced together what was going on along with the main characters, and I had a lot of fun doing it.
If I’d had the time, I might have read this book in one sitting. Since I don’t have that sort of time, I read it over the course of a few days. As I went about my work day, I would occasionally find myself thinking about the book. I would speculate about what might happen next or reevaluate the meaning of earlier parts of the book based on the most recent revelations. It made me eager to get home so that I could read some more. It’s been a while since a book has captured my attention this well.
There’s nothing that pulls me out of a book faster than characters who don’t ring true. The main characters in Resonance, however, were likeable and believable, not to mention unique and quirky. This story could have been confusing, yet somehow the author managed to write it in a way that was very easy to follow. This was even true during the climax when things were especially chaotic. There isn’t really any “hard science” in this book, but I found it to be internally consistent and that’s all that really matters to me.