“Rational optimism is required of anyone who hopes to be a survivor.”
“Patterns exist in our seemingly patternless lives, and the most common pattern is the circle. Like a dog pursuing its tail, we go around and around all our lives, through the circles of the seasons, repeating our mistakes and pursuing our redemption. From birth to death we explore and seek, and in the end we arrive where we started, the past having made one great slow turn on a carousel to become our future, and if we have learned anything worth learning, the carousel will bring us to the one place we most need to be.”
I’ll be honest, my initial desire in rating a Dean Koontz book is to give it five stars automatically, just for being a Dean Koontz book. He is without a doubt, my favorite author, has been ever since I was in 8th grade and I do not doubt he will remain so for the rest of my life. But honesty is always the best policy and I feel this book, although fantastic, merits only four stars instead of five.
This is the sixth book in the Odd Thomas series (seventh if you could Odd Interlude) so I would really not recommend reading it unless you have the other ones under your belt. Not that Mr. Koontz doesn’t lay out the general groundwork for the reader, because he does, I just feel that you won’t get the full effect of the greatness of this series unless you start from the beginning. This book, like the rest of the series, is a wonderful collection of many emotions; fear, joy, sadness, awe, and an intense desire for self reflection. See, this is what I love most about Dean Koontz. Yes, this is a thriller of a book. Yes, it’s about an underdog facing against odds you don’t think he will ever beat. And yes, there is murder and terror and fear. But. The main driving message of this book (and all of his books) is hope. Hope for humanity. Hope for yourself. Hope that good will triumph over evil. Always. This is the message of this book, and it is made all the better because of it.
The reason I knocked off one star was because the ending felt a bit rushed, and also a bit confusing. I feel like a few more pages could have been added to help the reader understand a little bit more about what was happening. But that’s a small gripe. Overall this book was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone.