The Oracle Year

The Oracle Year

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Awakening from a dream with more than one hundred predictions about the future in his head, an unassuming Manhattan bassist becomes one of the world's most powerful men and hides his identity behind an online persona that is targeted by greedy corporations and dangerous enemies.
Publisher: New York :, Harper Perennial,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018.
ISBN: 9780062686633
0062686631
Characteristics: 402 pages ; 24 cm.

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Combining the pace of a thriller with the epic, dare I say ridiculous and far fetched plot of a comic book (in the best way possible), Soule keeps it all together with approachable characters. In comic book fashion, readers are given a situation that quickly unfolds, however some readers may be irked that some of world-building or plot devices are not fully explained - you kind of just have to go with it. At one point in the book, Will explains that it doesn't matter where the predictions came from, it only matters what he does now that he has them. Again, this type of set up is pretty common in comic books but might throw off some readers that like to have everything clearly defined.

I think a strong part of the book was how small and large events were seemingly intertwined. Thus everything was important. Additionally, all of the characters were incredibly normal. Will is a musician trying to make ends meet, his best friend Hamza was an investment banker, and Hamza's wife, Miko, was a elementary school teacher. However, despite their ordinariness they're set on figuring out what to do with the predictions. Besides Will, Hamza, and Miko, the other side characters like televangelist Hosiah Branson and the President's right-hand man Anthony Leutchen were awful characters but felt so real!

I blew through the book in a couple days! I think fans of thrillers will love this! If you enjoyed Blake Crouch's Dark Matter (2016) I think you'd also enjoy this! Like Crouch's Dark Matter, Soule contemplates how our choices and 'free will' affect our lives and the world. As mentioned above, Will Dando is a pretty ordinary dude given the heavy burden of know good things and bad things that will happen. He has to decide how he'll wield that power. Will it be for his own monetary gain or will he try to help the world? So while it fits within the genre of thriller, I appreciated the smaller contemplative moments as well.

I'm looking forward to seeing what else Soule writes in the future whether it be comics or novels!

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