Saturday, January 12, 2013

End of Days by Eric Walters

It's 2012 and the world's most renowned astrophysicists, astronomers, and theoretical mathematicians have all died within the same 12-month period. But as these scientists discover, none of them are really dead after all. They have been taken hostage by alien forces. And while their family and friends are mourning their passing, and with the help of a 16-year-old with rare gifts, they face the ultimate struggle of prevailing over evil and returning themselves--and the earth--to safety.
End of Days

Working in elementary school libraries, I have skimmed about half of Eric Walters titles.  While I recognize good writing and the popularity of his work with students, I, myself, have not been a great fan of his stories.  End of Days has become an exception.  Stopping at page 33 to answer my phone, I remember thinking that this book was "really good!".  I stopped again at page 165 to grab a glass of water and not again until the last page.  

Gripping from the first page, I enjoyed the dual story lines, anticipating the moment they would merge.  Well laid out, the plot was interesting, tense and allowed readers time to digest the technical information but didn't drown them in it.  It felt as though I was reading    an action-packed movie.  

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