This was the first book I’ve read by Guilfoile.
The Thousand draws on events that happened back in 530 B.C. A mysterious ship appeared off the shores of Croton and people on the ship addressed the frightened crowd. What they said is unknown, but a thousand men and women formed a cult and followed them. Now, in the present day, descendants of The Thousand, who are advanced in math, science, music and philosophy will do whatever it takes to conceal their existence and power.
One young woman, Canada Gold, who has amazing mental abilities is haunted by her father’s murder. She also gets caught up in the violence between members of The Thousand who are fighting amongst themselves. They want to kill her. One person wants to save her.
It’s touted as a “thriller,” “suspense,” “part dystopian science fiction,” and “erudite, propulsively entertaining.” I’m afraid I did not find it any of those.
The first half is slow as molasses. I liked the character of Canada “Nada” Gold. She’s very interesting and has unusual gifts, such as being able to read lips from far across the room. I would have been happy to stay with her throughout the book. But, finally, well after page 100, we began to get into The Thousand, although they are never really front and center and it’s unclear what ominous powers they have.
While Nada is trying to figure out who killed her father, The Thousand are trying to kill her. Note that we never actually see The Thousand, only a handful of them, so we have no idea how far they stretch through society or politics.
I didn’t find The Thousand thrilling or suspenseful. But that’s just me. I bet I could Google The Thousand and find tons of people who loved it.
But I have to give The Thousand a What the Hel?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FTC Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Alfred A Knopf/Random House, who did not ask for a review. And who will probably never send me another book. Ah well. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. But it might be yours. It received advance praise from Sara Paretsky, Stephen White, James Rollins, and C.J. Box, all fabulous writers. I just think if the cover says it’s thrilling and suspenseful, then it ought to be. So that’s why I say, What the Hel?