Four

Four

Summary:

What if you realized the world faced an apocalyptic future of devastation and destruction from pollution, overpopulation, and global warming... and you knew how to stop it... What would you do?

Tom Bianco is the senior biologist at Habitat Conservation Foundation, an environmental advocacy group. Through his own experiences and research published by the world's environmental scientists, Tom has become convinced that humans are destroying the natural world and will eventually destroy themselves. He learns of a deadly disease that can spread electronically to nearly wipe out the human population. 

But can Tom ultimately face the horror of what he believes he must do? (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Sage’s Blog Tours.

Review:

I honestly have no idea what the author was shooting for in this book.  It was interesting (and well-written – hence the bump to 2 stars) enough that I read the whole thing, but it lacked conflict to create a complete story.  The character felt himself called upon to do what is best for the world, regardless of the consequences, but somehow no one attempts to stop him.  Instead the story is simply following the train of thought and actions that result in the apocalypse.

Another big concern is that the book is quite “preachy”.  The author goes into a lot of detail about environmental concern (and later Christian interests), but it becomes way too much.  The people who are not interested wont’ be willing to keep reading and the people who are likely already know the information.  It also became difficult to tell when the author moved on from fact to fiction.   I think the book needs a little more focus to figure out what it’s trying to project to the audience and how to keep them engaged.

P.S. No idea what the author was going for in the ending…that one was lost on me.

Rating: 2 stars!

Who should read it? SKIP