4 out of 4 stars
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Catastrophica by Trevor Daffyd is a novel that delves into the history and mystery surrounding the pyramids of ancient Egypt, the Ancient gods, Atlantis, and much more. I didn't know what to expect when I chose the book, but I was delighted. The book is intriguing from start to finish since it is based on research. I used to dislike conducting research but reading this novel made me look at research from a different perspective.
The book starts with Diokles and his father on lake boats for six months, and they finally spot land. This takes place around 9600 BC. The book then changes to Paul Vaughan and his son, Jared in Hobart, Australia, 2020. Jared has to prepare a research paper on a topic he likes, and he decides to write about Noah's flood that wiped much of the civilization. His father, a professor of history, always supports him throughout the book, giving information on how to research accurately. The book continues switching perspectives that show the various places affected by the flood. Diokles and his father, NASA, Serai from Ancient Sumeria, Thalia from Pavlopetri, and Deucalion from Ancient Athens are the ones that we see often. These stories also tie with Jared's research, and we start seeing the crossovers slowly. Knowing what Jared writes in his research paper keeps the readers wondering and hooked.
What I loved about the book were the characters. They were written very well, depth where it was needed, and made the story much more pleasurable to read. The characters had personalities and weren't just historical figures about whom we have heard about. The imagination Daffyd has used is truly incredible to read about. The worlds come alive before our eyes and hook us in.
There is nothing I disliked about the novel. I thought the plot would be too hard to follow with all the characters and switches between them, but it was quite the opposite. The author did not bombard the readers with excessive information and even gave explanations for words that were new to the readers. The various historical events were not boring and had truth to them even though some parts were imaginary, as clarified by Daffyd in the preamble.
I would rate Catastrophica 4 out of 4 stars. The novel had me on the edge the whole time, and I really liked seeing the history tie up towards the end. I found only one error, but that did not cause a hindrance to my reading. I would recommend this book to young adults as some parts are not meant for teenagers. Young adults who enjoy historical fiction would find this work a good read.
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