Review | The 100 Year Miracle by Ashley Ream
Genre: fiction, science fiction (kinda), upmarket
Setting: San Juan Islands, present day
# of Pages: 320
The skinny: Locals, visiting scientists, and indigenous peoples clash when a glow-in-the-ark arthropod with potentially analgesic properties makes its first appearance in a century. (I realize that sounds incredibly dull but it really isn’t and you don’t have to know anything about biology to enjoy it.)
The fat: This book is really quite unlike anything else I’ve ever read; that uniqueness alone is enough to recommend it but it’s bolstered by Ream’s solid prose, tragically human characters, and remarkable sense of place. (I went into this story not knowing it took place in the San Juan Islands, where I spent a long, disastrous ocean kayaking expedition at age 18. She does a terrific job with the weird, spooky atmosphere of those islands. That was my favorite part of the whole book.) A striking balance of character and intrigue and an all-around great read.