Drifters, by Kevin Emerson (May 10, 2022, Walden Pond Press), is a long book (592 pages), but the pages turn quickly, and before I knew it, I’d stayed up till 11:30 finishing it in that lovely reading zone where one forgets one is reading….Had I but known when I took this slot on the book’s blog tour that there was time slipping involved, I’d have asked for a Tuesday (my day for time travel book) but Wednesday is pretty temporally adjacent, so here we are.
The small town of Far Haven is barely hanging on. There was a nuclear accident a few years ago, and people who could afford to get out did. Now a large part of its population is the team from the accident remediation and monitoring company (who are very intrusive and increasingly creepy). And for one girl, Jovie, the town became even smaller when her best friend Micah disappeared. It’s only been a few months, but everyone but Jovie, feeling lost and alone, has forgotten her…
Which they have (except for her parents…who have given up on the search).
Searching for Micah leads Jovie down a path of every increasing strangeness and mystery. She meets a very peculaiar boy, Mason, who gives her a spyglass that lets her see the community of lost and forgotten people living on the beach. They are invisible and untied from ordinary life, drifting toward the pull of a mysterious vortex of light that periodically manifests off the coast, bringing storms and disasters to the town (which like the drifting people, fade from memory….). When Jovie realizes that Micah has probably become a drifter, she becomes determined to bring her back.
With a new friend Sylvan, a younger and also lonely boy, Jovie starts to uncover the strange and shattering truth about the vortex and its potential to bring disaster not just to her town, but possibly the whole world. Dodging the workers of the “clean-up” crew, who are determined not to let her get to close to the truth as they know it, trying to figure out what Mason really knows, trying to find clues in the town’s history, she presses on, with the town’s history, pockmarked with disasters, leading her to the remarkable truth.
Not a book for everyone–like I said, is long, so a bit daunting, and you have to be a fan of slowly unfolding sci fi that keeps stretching further and further from ordinary world. Which would be me.
About the Author
Kevin Emerson is the author of Last Day on Mars and The Oceans Between Stars, as well as The Fellowship for Alien Detection, the Exile series, the Atlanteans series, the Oliver Nocturne series, and Carlos Is Gonna Get It. Kevin lives with his family in Seattle. You can visit him online at www.kevinemerson.net.
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