Shortly after the President of the US is assassinated by a four-year-old, seven men who have seemingly nothing in common get abducted by a shadowy government organisation. Slowly they discover what secret they all share – and what connects them to assassination.
Here’s what you need to know about 7th Son: Descent: It’s hard SciFi. It’s a thriller. It leaves you on tenterhooks. As far as I know, its sequel is not yet written, in any case not yet released. You’re going to hate J. C. Hutchins a little bit for that. And you should definitely read 7th Son: Descent.
If you know me, you’ll know that I usually don’t read thrillers. Every once in a while I get the urge to and then I invariably stumble upon thrillers that suck and then I don’t touch the whole genre for a while until I get the urge again… [Of course, there are exceptions to that rule. But that’s normally how it goes.] That said: 7th Son: Descent had me completely hooked. I read along with the serialisation on boingboing and I’d compulsively check the site for the updates – even though I had it in my reader anyway… I just needed to know what happened next. And, people, my fingernails suffered A LOT.
It was also the first hard SciFi book I ever read*. I was actually a little afraid to go there. I mean, I like the natural sciences, but in a very layman’s way. I’m at home with the social sciences. And I thought that even if I understood what was going on, I’d probably be bored if it went into too much detail.
Well, I was wrong. At least in this case. I thought the science fascinating and Hutchins was able to weave it into the narrative in a way that you hardly noticed it was there. [Seriously, I think it was around Chapter ten that I thought for the first time, “huh, this is probably hard SciFi. Whoddathunkit?”]
I’m kind of hesitant to comment on Hutchins’ writing style. I blazed through this book so fast that I don’t really know how it’s written (other than so fluent that you can blaze through it).
Anyway, I can only recommend this book to you. Even if thrillers/SciFi novels aren’t usually your thing.
*Okay, some people say that the Thursday Next Series is hard SciFi but I’d kind of dispute that: SciFi yes, hard no.