Unfinished: Flashback

Flashback by Dan Simmons (2011)
554 pages
Summary: The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn’t care: they’re addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom’s wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he’s lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.

Nick may be a lost soul but he’s still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor’s son. This flashback-addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past.

After reading the synopsis when I stumbled across this book, I was so excited to read it. Doesn’t it just sound so awesome!?  Well, unfortunately for me, it didn’t turn out to be as great as I’d anticipated.  I’m not saying it’s not a good book.  I can definitely see that the author is a really great writer.  The way he introduced the characters and gave details about them without the reader feeling like they were given a laundry list of adjectives or a full biography.  He got right to the story without a lot of background and pulled the reader in.

The first part is about Nick, as the summary states.  However, the book moves on to a sub-plot about his son and this group of deviant kids living in California.  This part I could barely get through reading.  I just didn’t care about them and wanted to get back to the part about Nick.  However, I could sense that this sub-plot was going to be important and if I skipped over it, then I’d probably miss something.  And then I just didn’t want to keep reading.

So yeah, I think it’s probably an awesome book.  I just didn’t have the energy for it at the time.  Plus it’s really long.  If I only had to wade through a few pages to get to the good parts, maybe I would have kept at it.  But I’d rather move on to the next book that I actually want to read all of.

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