Today’s post is by high school senior Jordan Santillo, a student at State College High School in State College, PA.
Deception Point, by Dan Brown
rated 3.75 out of 5 stars
Dan Brown strikes again in this science fiction thriller of a novel! An entertaining read, it hooks the reader from the very beginning, and pushes that intrigue to the last few pages, leaving the reader salivating for more. The story begins in the office building of Senator Sedgewick Sexton, where his daughter, Rachel, discusses his plans for the upcoming election with him. The Senator is campaigning for President of the United States, and hopes to employ his only daughter, even though her support is clearly lacking. Within the first few chapters of the novel, Rachel is whisked away to her place of employment–the National Reconnaissance Office–to meet with her supervisor and be sent to see the current President, Zachary Herney. The President informs her that she is to be sent up to the Arctic Circle to assist in validating a NASA discovery. Deep within the deserted tundra, Rachel discovers something amazing that will change mankind’s view of the universe forever.
Forever a geek at heart, I thoroughly enjoyed the scientific information thrown into the writing. The plot kept me deeply enthralled and simultaneously educated me in the methods of modern glaciology and marine biology testing and experimentation. The intellectual aspect of the novel drew a few “oh”’s and “wow”’s from my mouth as I was reading. The four-hundred pages felt like one hundred, letting me zip through the text and enjoy the story without getting bogged down by wordiness.
The characters are likeable and relatable, letting the reader become engrossed in their decisions and feelings. My emotions were moved by the conflicts of each scientist and the heartache that bled out of a select few. The characters work to show the cut-throat, knife-split, sucker-punch drama of political competition. The ending of the novel is both satisfying and unsatisfying; it chilled my bones with irony, yet let me believe that grief can be mended by the love of another. The people in the story that I had come to be fictitious friends with wrapped up their stories and moved on with their lives, but the epilogue left some questions unanswered. This is one book that has no sequel, but leaves that nasty taste in the reader’s mouth, thinking “what now?” Well done, Dan Brown!