Hey, guys. It’s been a crazy week for me. But I’m back with another review!
This week’s review is of “Collider” by Richard Warwick. It’s another apocalyptic science-fiction for adults! I’m really loving these SF books, y’all.
Dr. Mathers and Dr. Alder plan on changing the world— but not on this large of a scale. Their experiments on particle acceleration are very large-scale, but they’ve prepared for everything, even nuclear accidents. When an unexpected turn of events results in a tear in time itself, chaos ensues.
People from the past start popping up in modern day countries. Soldiers from World War 2, bombers from World War 1, Civil War Confederates… Followed by a slew of natural disasters— the Great Fire of London, victims of Vlad the Impaler, volcanic eruptions, cholera outbreaks, the return of the bubonic plague…
The world is doomed, unless two doctors can fix a mistake bigger than they understand.
Warwick’s style of writing can be described in two words— informational and violent.
I was shocked at the detail of some of the violent events happening in the story. That’s not a bad thing! You want readers to cringe at the detail. That’s a fantastic sign. There were times when I was literally turning away from my phone to take a minute.
While it’s very detailed, it’s also informative. The book took me about a week to read, and it demanded a lot of my attention. Again, I don’t mind. This was an information heavy book, and I still loved it. That’s saying something.
“Collider” was an average-length SF book. Once I was able to devote enough time to sit down and give this book the attention that it needed, it took no time at all. The action and intrigue make it seem shorter than it was.
There are a lot of characters in “Collider.” Warwick does this thing where he follows multiple POVs through the events, using what set of eyes would be beneficial for the reader to better understand the plot. You jump from the president to the scientists to the German soldiers to a random event happening in time. It works perfectly for this kind of story.
Due to this format, though, there’s not a lot of character growth. I didn’t mind this. Normally, I would, but there’s so much going on as far as plot that I didn’t care. It’s a plot-driven book!
WHEW THE PLOT
I love this premise! A tear in time and history repeating itself seemingly randomly… I loved it. I’m a selective-history nerd. Post-WW2 really makes me giddy. So, following the two German soldiers made me all kinds of happy. I was trying to figure out what event would be next. American revolution? Yep! Civil War? YEP! I didn’t expect the Impaler stuff, though. That caught me off guard.
The plot flowed wonderfully from beginning to end. There wasn’t a single boring chapter throughout the entire thing.
And that ending!! *swoons* I won’t say another word, but… MAN. I knew it was coming, and I hoped it wouldn’t but OH MAN.
11/10 I would definitely recommend. You can purchase here!