3 out of 4 stars
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With our lives as an example, we know things are not always as plain as black and white. Complications are part of life, and humans are a mass of flaws. Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise by John K. Danenbarger is a jungle of heavily flawed characters whose lives intertwine at different levels.
The story starts in 2044 as the present-day, when Geena receives a letter from Joe Tink, her parents' friend, relaying the news that her father is dead. Afterward, it takes us to about 60 years ago, before Geena's parents (Beth and Kevin) met, to when Joe Tink found and helped Beth clean up from drugs and prostitution. Joe, a stripper at the time, sent Beth on a cruise ship to Bermuda for a breath of fresh air after all her dark days. However, arriving in Bermuda, she realizes that the ship's captain had a different plan for her. Once again, her life is in danger as she is stuck with a family of old slave traders.
Many years later, she meets and marries Kevin Nuss, who has a series of murders he had and is still committing, eating him up. Their lives come on full display as they interact with other characters. With this interaction, the sinister in them and each other characters comes to daylight.
This book is character-driven with flawed individuals and full of mystery. It is a book about investigation, murder, and revenge, with a backdrop of scientific research, breakthrough, queer, and lowkey slavery.
I like the philosophical and scientific aspects of the story. This book is semi-sci-fi, with details on physics, research, quantum physics, NASA, the solar system, and science in general. My interest got piqued when Joe Tink found Beth. You know that point in a book when you know something different will happen, but all indications point in the opposite direction. I knew Kevin was Geena's dad from the prologue, but I thought Beth would marry Joe. The unpredictability of the interwoven lives of the many characters was something I loved about the book.
I will be giving Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise a 3 out of 4 stars because timestamps and periods of events were all mixed up and confusing. Several Periods of occurrence are so intertwined that there is no way you wouldn't be confused at all times. A few years ago, 24 years ago, a year ago, and today are all happening simultaneously with little distinction. In addition, the author's writing style is confusing, with him using complex words successively where simple words would have sufficed. The flow was bumpy and terrible. I found myself reading and rereading a lot of places because I was either lost by the period of events or lost by the flow. This difficulty did not come later in the book. It started with a prologue that took time to penetrate.
In this book, John K. Danenbarger writes in a third-person narrative. Through the characters, the author sometimes writes like a school of thought professor, a poet, or a physicist. That was something that made reading this book worth it. I learned new things, irrespective of how bumpy the flow was. The book seems professionally edited as I encountered no error. In addition, some content may be sensitive to religious readers (especially Christians).
I recommend this book to mature readers due to the language used and readers who don't mind googling things often and checking the dictionary while reading because they'd learn a lot. I would also recommend it to Sci-fi lovers, those who love books about murders and investigation, and those who love mysteries.
Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise
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