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Renowned child psychologist Caitlin O'Hara is a single mom trying to juggle her job, her son, and a lackluster dating life. Her world is suddenly upturned when Maanik, the daughter of India's ambassador to the United Nations, starts speaking in tongues and having violent visions. Caitlin is sure that her fits have something to do with the recent assassination attempt on her father - a shooting that has escalated nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan to dangerous levels - but when teenagers around the world start having similar outbursts, Caitlin begins to think that there’s a more sinister force at work.
In Haiti, a student claws at her throat, drowning on dry land. In Iran, a boy suddenly and inexplicably sets himself on fire. Animals, too, are acting irrationally, from rats in New York City to birds in South America to ordinary house pets. With Asia on the cusp of nuclear war, Caitlin must race across the globe to uncover the mystical links among these seemingly unrelated incidents in order to save her patient - and perhaps the world.
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By Jo on 08-03-15
Much more than I expected
If you could sum up A Vision of Fire in three words, what would they be?
Great new story. This is a difference type of science fiction or science fantasy and it is amazing.
What other book might you compare A Vision of Fire to and why?
I would compare A Vision of Fire to saga books who allow the reader to get to know the characters before thrusting them into extreme conflict.
What does Gillian Anderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Gillian's tone, inflection, and voice are a perfect match for her book.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I didn't expect a whole lot from this book. To be honest, I bought it because of the author. However, I can't wait for the next one. Really looking forward to seeing how this series develops.
Any additional comments?
Don't dismiss the book because of the author, and don't solely buy it because of the author. The book stands on its own. The conflict and storyline roll in slowly. Enjoy them in the same manner.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
By Barbara Guerra on 10-11-14
A Vision of Fire: A KILLER Debut Novel
I found it really well written, which I was expecting, and the story was twisty and hard to follow, which maybe some people would have a problem with, but it also made sense so I quite liked that aspect as well. The characters are very intriguing too, though some of the relationship aspect of it was a little too predictable, but there were still some interesting and unexpected turns even in that respite.
Something that I thought was very clear in the book, too, was the fact that it is one in a series and so not all will be resolved by the end of it. The main plot of the book was always being intercalated with scenes regarding the larger plot of the entire series, which I found thought provoking, and which now makes me almost regret having read it so quickly since now it will be a year before I'll know what happens next.
The main thing I was worried about actually was the main character which she had mentioned previously was partially based on herself, and when that happens it is not uncommon for the author to make the character a Mary Sue, but I found that was not at all the case.
I also liked the way many cultures were mentioned in a manner that seemed to a layman such as myself to be accurate, respectful, and easily comprehensible and relatable.
There were some things that I found myself squinting at because they were so out there, but this is after all sci-fi, so this is just related to my pure-mathematics based world views, which does not allow for the metaphysical, though it allows for some arguably even crazier stuff.
I have watched some things where she's talking about the book and its character and what were her and her co-writer's intent with this or that aspect, and I really do think it translated beautifully and was perfectly on point.
All in all, I found A Vision of Fire to be a pretty darn terrific debut novel.
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