Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Approximate word count: 60-65,000 words
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“Krista Tibbs studied neuroscience at MIT and holds an MBA in health sector management from Duke University. Her career has included service in the federal government and in the biotechnology industry conducting clinical research for diseases with unmet medical needs. She also has a swing dance habit.”
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“They can refuse to look and choose not to believe, but the threat is real, and the probability is rising.
Nine years ago, five college students conceived a way to measure atmospheric energy and use the data to predict mass acts of human violence. A tragic event ended the project, and team leaders Aiyana and Brian haven't spoken since. Overwhelmed with guilt, Brian has spent the years alone in his lab redeveloping the energy model. Aiyana, now a doctor, refuses to acknowledge his covert research—until the new model predicts a threat to their heartland town of Freedom. The team reunites to protect the people they care about, but every potential solution is fraught with doubt and consequences.
Long-held secrets are exposed as the urgency rises with each new piece of data. Under a cloud of mutual contempt and buried affections, the teammates challenge each other's philosophies and struggle to cope with their inner fears. The fate of the town may be out of their hands, but through the endeavor, they will discover the significance of laughter and the value of a purple cape.”
The speed of new scientific discovery has been accelerating for so long that we’ve become accustomed to things becoming reality that seemed impossible just a few years prior. However, how to apply new knowledge isn’t always straightforward. Uncertainty Principles explores one potential discovery. What if it was possible to predict mass acts of human violence? (Think in terms of riots and such.) How could that information be used? Is it possible that the “cure” could have unexpected consequences, maybe even making the situation worse? While the story is looking to the future and the characters struggle with those questions, we discover a lot about the book’s core characters by considering the long-term consequences of their past decisions. A unique, compelling story.
A small number of typos and proofing errors.
Rating: **** Four star