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Similarly, Max Brooks in his novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War used a unique narrative technique whereby he described the recent zombie apocalypse by means of personal accounts from survivors. Author Keith Thomas as given us an alien first contact story that borrows from these two styles to give us a unique study of an alien story that has transformed humanity. A scientist looks back after the aliens landed and tries to makes sense of the changes wrought, while paying a sympathetic eye for detail of the aliens themselves and a discerning narrative for all concerned.
Good SF. Mar 08, Kristi Weisgerber rated it it was amazing. So I stumbled upon this ARC and thought is sounded kinda interesting in a fairly generic sci-fi novel way. Boy was I wrong! The year is Five years earlier the Pulse was discovered by Dr. Dahlia Mitchell, an astronomer at the University of California Santa Cruz, leading to the greatest transformation of human society in history.
Unlike many authors befor So I stumbled upon this ARC and thought is sounded kinda interesting in a fairly generic sci-fi novel way.
Dahlia Black by Keith Thomas
Unlike many authors before him, journalist Keith Thomas sets out to understand the Pulse from a more personal perspective of those affected - both directly and indirectly - by the alien code and what came after. This book is truly unique in its approach to storytelling.
Author Keith Thomas sets up his novel not in traditional style, but as if writing a non-fiction historical account of first contact with an alien species. It is a masterful and powerful storytelling technique that works wonderfully well and draws you into the story deeper and deeper, keeping the reader engaged and excited right through the end.
I cannot praise this book enough. It is very much a top favorite of mine and one I wholeheartedly recommend for all readers, not just those sci-fi aficionados. Jul 02, Elena Linville rated it it was ok Shelves: arcs , post-apocalypse , meh , won-t-recommend. You can read this review and more on my blog.
What attracted me to this book is its comparison with World War Z the book, not the awful movie. I loved WWZ and its then new take on the zombie apocalypse.
I loved that the author chose to tell the story of what happened AFTER the end of the world as we know it. That it was as much a tale of fighting the zombies as one of rebuilding a life in a new reality where they existed. So another story about civilization coping with a world-changing event You can read this review and more on my blog.
So another story about civilization coping with a world-changing event and rebuilding after it - I was all in. Unfortunately, the only way this book IS like WWZ is that it's a collection of fictional interviews and diary entries. It is also very, unimaginatively boring I kept hoping that there would be some emotional reward or grand revelation if only I kept reading, but I turned the last page and the only thought in my head was, "why waste pages on THAT? There is a mysterious Pulse from space that alters human DNA.
The surviving Elevated disappear from our reality into a parallel dimension during the Finality. Why drag this into pages of boring accounts? Why rehash the discovery of the Pulse for some pages? I guess the biggest problem with this book is that the author chose the wrong people to be his "voices" telling this story. His fictional book writer interviews scientists, members of the White House, the President, and other fellow journalists. None of them were the boots on the ground when all these events happened.
They observed and reacted from afar. What made WWZ so great was that we read the accounts from people who survived those zombie attacks.
So it felt like we were right there with them when the horror was unfolding. Here, we have several degrees of separation between the events and the people who tell about those events. So guess what? I don't feel engaged. It's a snooze fest instead. Plus, all the major events the Pulse and the Elevation triggered are just summarized by the author. Give me the eyewitness accounts of the massacre of the Elevated Camp, don't TELL me in a half-page summary that it happened. I don't want to read 10 different interviews with Dahlia Black about her accidental discovery of the Pulse.
I got the gist of it the first time around, thank you very much! You want to keep me engaged? Give me more eye witness accounts of the transformations. Give me survivor reactions. Don't tell me that the world collapsed and is slowly rebuilding itself. SHOW me. Unfortunately, the author failed to do just that. I also didn't quite understand the need to insert this whole side story about the Twelve. It brought nothing to the main storyline and felt absolutely useless. And definitely don't compare it to the brilliant weirdness of the Southern Reach trilogy.
This is just plain boring. I received an advanced copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Jul 29, Laura crofteereader rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley. Thank you to NetGalley and Atria books for my free advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This is an interesting one. In the fine tradition of unconventionally formatted scifi rooted in the "real world" think Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel Dahlia Black sets out to tell a unique and fascinating story. Something in outer space is sending a transmission that can rewrite human DNA.
And the rewritten people either died from the strain of the change or vanished. This book is se Thank you to NetGalley and Atria books for my free advanced review copy. This book is set 5 years later, in the form of a "non-fiction" book about the events, focusing on Dr. Dahlia Mitchell, who discovered the transmission and soon became the face of the end of the world as we know it. The book takes the form of interviews, transcripts of conversations, diary entries, letters, and phone calls, with small bits of narrator-driven text in between.
The style created a very interesting narrative distance that I found really enhanced the story. It gave the author the freedom to deviate from a small group of characters, instead bringing in anecdotes from victims and survivors around the country. By breaking up the information and giving us many different viewpoints, the narrator was able to really develop this world.
Unfortunately, the pace dropped off quite a bit in the second half. The individual component stories lacked the tension that earlier anecdotes possessed. And the conspiracy theory seemed thrown in as an afterthought; it popped up a few times throughout but didn't seem to have overarching ramifications in the "present" world ie the world in which this story is a newly published nonfiction.
I started wondering why it mattered, which is when the formatting was really losing its weight. I did like the characters and the attention to detail. The footnotes were fun and made the style seem more real.
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I'm definitely going to look into reading this author's previous book and will keep an eye out for any future stories. If you want an unconventional scifi tale set in what is essentially our world as we know it, this is a great book to pick up! Aug 01, Tina rated it liked it Shelves: aliens , disappointing , first-contact , interesting-structure , kindle , meh , netgalley , serious-sci-fi. I am ambivalent about this novel.
It's a solid 2. The basic premise is that this is a faux-documentary-style account of an apocalyptic event. The titular Dahlia is the scientist who discovered that aliens were b This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The titular Dahlia is the scientist who discovered that aliens were beaming a signal to earth, which has momentous consequences.
Momentous to the people in the story. The only difference is that WWZ takes a more interesting approach to the format.
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Dahlia Black is didactic and constrained by its structure. They are written like a blog post or report, in that she explains things that are clearly for our benefit i. Why would she explain this to herself? The other reason was that everything is there for the reader — we are given the reason, the reactions, the result of the Pulse. WWZ and others of the found text genre i. House of Leaves let the readers fill in some blanks and make connections, or deliberately make us question what is true. The characters in those stories had personality. This novel was … boring. The only good chapter was the little boy at the hospital because it was told by someone who was there.
The massacres, the discovery of powers; all this would have been super engaging and emotionally resonant as first-person accounts either by the person or a loved one watching it happen. Also, what was with the conspiracy angle? It contributed nothing to the story. All in all, this novel had a clever idea but failed to execute it in a way that was compelling. I'm sorry if most of the review seems negative, I just can't recall anything I loved about the book. Further Comments that didn't affect my rating : There was a moment that made me laugh.
Someone uses a metaphor about getting a burst of power from shifting a car from second to fourth. This is not how standard cars work. If you really want to slam a car into a faster RPM, you drop from a higher gear to a lower. But given this is an ARC, hopefully someone caught that metaphor and fixed it. I must also add that the endnotes annoyed me. Given I was reading an ARC, this might be only true to my kindle version. Aug 04, Brittany rated it it was amazing. I received this book as an eARC by the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I loved World War Z so when I saw that this book was written in a similar interview based style I knew I had to read it. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was incredibly factual and well thought out for a fictional event that changes human history. It was incredibly interesting and the author definitely has a talent for making mind boggling concepts easier to understand for the average reader. It was a bit dry due to the interviews mixed with lots of data but I found myself so wrapped up in the interviews and other entries that I really didn't mind.
Fantastic book for people that liked World War Z's fictional but realistic interviews or people that like reading about alien contact. View 1 comment. Jun 29, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in , reviewed. Like World War Z , but with aliens! Trigger warning for violence and mental health issues, including suicide.
In , the whole world turned towards the stars. We wanted to believe there was intelligent life somewhere out there. Voyager 1, this satellite dish with bristling antenna, was a message in a bottle. That Like World War Z , but with aliens! Or so we thought. The universe reached back and changed everything. Not with war or an invasion but with a whisper. Almost overnight, all that we knew transformed. And I saw it happen. I am not an incubator, but my head has become an executable. On October 17, , a rouge astronomer named Dahlia Mitchell unwittingly picks up a signal originating from farthest reaches of space.
Rather than the sound of a dying star or an errant transmission from the breakroom microwave, Dahlia and her colleagues quickly realize that this signal is intentional, complex, and was most likely purposefully directed at earth by the members of an intelligent species.
The signal is dubbed the "Pulse Code," owing to its similarity to a computer code as opposed to, say, an attempt at communication or contact. Before the president and her cabinet can formulate an action plan, the Pulse begins working its nerdy magic. Initially, those affected experienced visual and auditory hallucinations. They saw, heard, felt, and tasted things others couldn't, from electromagnetic radiation and ultraviolet colors, to the ultrasonic songs of mice and insects, and gravitational waves. One woman was able to taste things with her fingers, like a fly.
Many claimed to be able to see ghosts. Before long the Elevated, as they would be known, manifested enhanced cognitive abilities; they could "calculate new forms of mathematics, develop innovative computer algorithms, uncover unseen biological processes, and create unimaginable works of art. In a scant five years, the global population dropped from 7.
In addition to the 3 billion people killed or disappeared by the Ascendant - aka our alien overlords - billions more were murdered in the resulting violence and chaos. Now it's five years on, and a reporter named Keith Thomas is trying to make sense of the Pulse Code. Thomas weaves together original interviews with historical documents, police transcripts, diary entries, and illicit files in order to deconstruct the Pulse and its aftermath.
So this is a really fun read, and comparisons to World War Z are spot on. I enjoy the change of pace that faux nonfiction books constructed of various files offer, and Dahlia Black is no exception. It's kind of like World War Z in this way, but with aliens! Or like Sylvain Neuvel's Themis Files trilogy, but with a whimper instead of a bang.