I decided to read A Catch in Time this month for the January Monthly Keyword Challenge over at Bookmark to Blog. One of the January keywords is "clock," so I figured the word "time" would work as an acceptable variation.
A Catch in Time is about a group of people who band together after the majority of the population dies due to a mysterious global blackout. For 3 minutes, everyone in the world falls unconscious during the blackout, but only a few are enlightened with visions that help them grasp and understand the true meaning of life.
Adversely, many others who survive the blackout turn into "Shaitan" - a group of evil, malicious people who become animalistic in their drive to hurt and kill off the rest of the innocent population.
The synopsis for A Catch in Time initially caught my eye because it reminded me of a cross between Stephen King's Under the Dome and AMC's The Walking Dead. Plus, I've always enjoyed apocalyptic stories.
Roddy's writing style is simple and fun without going into too much (or any) detail about the alien / otherworldly events that may have triggered the blackout. In fact, Roddy never reveals exactly who or what caused the blackout, although some of the characters suspected it may have been government-related.
This 551-page novel is quite the tome, but you'll hardly notice as you speed through it. The book is fast-paced with hardly any lulls, and follows the same group of core characters for a period of years following the blackout.
While A Catch in Time is intriguing during your time reading it, the conclusion is hardly memorable. The climax lacks excitement, but surprisingly, it doesn't spoil the novel completely. I think perhaps my favorite aspect of this novel was reading about the relationships formed and maintained by the characters over the years. After all, family is what you make it, right?
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