Title: The Blue Light Project
Author: Timothy Taylor
Pages: EBook 266
Summary: An unidentified man storms a television studio where KiddieFame, a controversial children’s talent show wherein kids who are too talented are “killed off,” is being filmed. He is armed with an explosive device, and issues only a single demand: an interview with journalist Thom Pegg. It’s a strange request, everyone agrees. A disgraced former investigative journalist, caught fabricating sources, Pegg is down on his luck and working for a lowly tabloid. The demand surprises everyone – Pegg most of all, and he is reluctant to play a role. But pressure from federal authorities leaves little choice, and so it is that Thom Pegg finds himself the envy of all the high-level journalists on hand as he makes his way into the darkened studio to uncover the truth
Outside, as the hostage taking heads into its third day, enthralled and horrified onlookers watch the drama unfold through a constant stream of media speculation and rumours that race through the crowd. In the throes of this crisis two characters – one running from former glory and the other from corporate burnout – meet and instinctively connect. Eve is an Olympic gold medalist and much-loved local daughter who jogs the city’s streets at night and searches for her long-lost brother, Ali, in its shadowy corners. Rabbit is a secretive street artist who is just completing a massive project involving strange installations on the rooftops of hundreds of buildings throughout the city. Both carry the scars of their pasts, and seem to be searching for a way to become whole.
It’s a fearful time, when people have serious doubts about the future and about each other, yet are compelled to come together to vent their anxiety and make themselves heard. Outside the studio, chaos reigns, and Eve and Rabbit must navigate police checkpoints as they skirt the unruly masses in pursuit of the truth of what happened to Ali. Inside the studio, however, it’s all about control, as Pegg listens to the hostage taker’s story and begins to realize the terrible, violent truth about what he has planned.
My Rating: 7/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: In the beginning, the book had me captured – I couldn’t/didn’t want to put it down. It had a fantastic narrative which was what initially pulled me in in the beginning. There were individual plot pieces that had me wanting more and wanting to know how they all fit together into the story as a whole, which was also what initially had me invested in the book. I ended up reading it straight over the weekend so that I could finish it. Unfortunately, the book seemed to taper down after the first half, and while I did enjoy the book, it wasn’t as good of a story as I first thought.
While some of the characters came together nicely, but other times, it seemed far-fetched and forced to make the plot work – it didn’t seem natural, which made the flow choppy. I felt the same way about the plot – as a whole, there’s a lot to it, a lot of good stories about personal journeys, and social commentaries, but there was too much of it. Because of that, I found a lot of the individual pieces of the plot felt forced together, and at times I felt almost overwhelmed while reading the book, trying to piece how everything should be fitting together and why.
The ending was a bit of a letdown, and somewhat unbelievable. I get the message the ending was trying to show, and the build up to it with the hints throughout the book was also well done, but in the end, it didn’t have the impact on me the author was trying to show on the reader.
In the end, it was a good book. I found it didn’t come together as well as I would have liked, but it does have little individual elements that made for a good read. It was also a bit of a different read, than what I have been reading lately.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, while I didn’t exactly love the book in the end, I do think there’s a lot to take from it, and a lot of readers would enjoy the narrative, along with all of the plot pieces nestled within the book.
What to read next: Stanley Park, also by Timothy Taylor