Full disclosure, I’m not even done reading this book yet and I had to start writing about it (so I seriously hope the ending doesn’t disappoint). I’m 3/4 of the way through it, and a few characters in the book just started this seemingly silly project, and it hit me. I want to live in this world, with these characters. The three characters in this scene – all men, all complete nerds in their own way – have just come together to do something, and it’s the way they all jumped on board to complete it that made me think, “I want that in my life”. People who will, without question, jump on board for a silly project because they know it’s important to me or because they’re up for an adventure.
The characters in this book are weird, kind, nerdy, eccentric and imperfect, and I want to be friends with them all. I want to go on adventures with them and stay up all night doing something silly. I want to work in a bookstore (for reals, I really want to work in a bookstore) and get to talk to people about my favorite book from when I was in middle school.
I think what I love most about this book is the mix of the old with the new. It’s set in a bookstore, with a task of figuring out a secret code that was created thousands of years ago; and yet some of the main characters work at Google, create apps, make millions on gaming. But they all fit together seamlessly.
UPDATE – I finished the book. I loved the book. I want to live in this book. The ending did not disappoint, it was perfect. I highly recommend this book – it’s fun, it’s readable, it’s action filled, and with a little romance mixed in.
So what is this book about? It’s about a young man who is a little lost, and finds himself with a job at a 24-hour bookstore. But he finds that there are books that are unreadable, written in some sort of code, and that something bigger is going on than just selling books in a bookstore. He stumbles upon some clues and decides to figure out what’s really going on. He enlists the help of his roommate, childhood friend and girlfriend, and adventures ensue. Along the way, we fall in love with the characters, with the intrigue and with the puzzle. It’s a wonderful story and it’s crafted beautifully.
Festina lente, my friends.