2 out of 4 stars
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Entanglement – Quantum and Otherwise is a novel by author John K. Danenbarger that superimposes quantum entanglement onto human relationships. The novel begins with one character receiving a simple notification that sends her into a flurry of complex memories and emotions. After much thought, she decides to travel so that she can personally notify her brother of the news. Once the decision is finalized, the reader is transported back in time and introduced to a plethora of characters who are ultimately entangled with each other whether it’s through relationships, events, or chance. The reader is privy to each of the character’s innermost thoughts and closely guarded secrets as if they are part of the character’s conscience. The character’s stories slowly weave together leaving the reader an understanding of how each character is entangled with another character by the book’s end.
Mr. Danenbarger’s novel is thought provoking and will inspire the reader to revisit his or her own family stories with a grain of skepticism. Although the novel volleys between characters on a constant basis, the reader is able to differentiate the character stories in large part to the clever titling of each individual chapter with the relevant character’s name and situation. The novel is sectioned into five parts based on time thus eliminating any timeline confusion. The novel is fast paced and would be easy to complete in one or two sittings.
Though the novel is partitioned for character identification, I still found it difficult to keep track of how each character relates to another character without keeping notes or revisiting chapters for vital clues. Each character undergoes several experiences to the point in which some could be edited out of the novel without negatively impacting the character’s storyline. The novel goes too far into detail with a couple of incidents that the reader could definitely do without.
The novel provided a good look into human dynamics and overall, I rate this book two out of four stars. While the novel effectively demonstrated entanglement between the characters, it was anemic with the application of quantum entanglement as advertised with the title. The novel unfortunately presented too many questions that would go unanswered by book’s end thus adversely causing the rating to be reduced to two stars.
I recommend this book to readers who are interested in human dynamics and characters that are flawed by both means of nature and nurture. I do not recommend this book to readers who are offended with vulgar language, sexual situations, or with questioning of Christian beliefs.
Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise
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