Saturday, September 10, 2011

Review for 'Seven Point Eight' by Marie Harbon


"Seven Point Eight: The most powerful number in the universe. The number that connects everything. A physicist begins a quest to measure the soul but soon finds himself drawn into the world of the enigmatic Max Richardson, where research is sold to the military at the highest bid. However, he soon discovers another purpose when an extremely talented young psychic enters his life. He devises a project and builds a team to stretch the frontiers of exploration, only to make a reality-shattering discovery… The First Chronicle is the beginning of a 5 part epic which follows the spiritual and emotional journey of five people; their quest to understand the universe and our place within it. Along the way, they address the fundamental questions we all seek answers to: why are we here? What is the purpose of the universe? Is there a God? Quantum physics meets spirituality in a tale which begins in the 1940s, unfolds during the 1960s; an era of social and spiritual transformation and reaches its conclusion in the modern age. It interweaves the human dramas of love, betrayal, bitterness and above all, courage in a world where everyone must face their own dark shadow. A clever and intriguing story with underpinning geeky science and spiritual theory intertwined, full of sub-plots and fantastical worlds."

Rating: 4/5 (Warning: Not intended for YA)

This was fasinating. Marie Harbon has done a remarkable job with this story. Set in a period where science is beginning to unfold, Seven Point Eight does test the well known question "does God exist?" It starts with a college professer teaching one of his lectures. When a young student possing information not everyone heard of comes in, he is taken by her. Then later, the main character undertakes an opportunity of his lifetime presented by another character named Max. Max sat in one of Paul's lectures with a question about the human soul. He is an interesting one with determination. All of the characters were well developed. If you're someone in the science field, you will love this. It not only travels through the years of science, but also the rest of the world's events. A blend of the two brings this among the others of its genre. The worlds are indeed ones full of life and imagination. Its rich ending will leave the reader in awe.

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