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When I had to choose a book that I recently read that just blew my mind, the first one that came to mind was Slipstream, by Michael Offutt.
This science fiction book's blurb was the first thing to hook me:
Jordan Pendragon is crazy good at fixing situations that have gone bad. It's a talent prized by his high school ice hockey team. However, when a car accident puts Jordan in the hospital, he wakes up with more than just an amazing slapshot in his toolbox. Jordan can manipulate space-time and in just a few weeks, he'll depend on it to save his life.
I normally breeze through books, but I really had to take my time with Slipstream. It is just jammed packed with all kinds of stuff. The science behind this book was just incredible. Michael must have done hours and hours of research into theoretical physics. But the science is so imaginative and central to the story - it grips your from the very beginning.
I'm not sure what kind of magic pill Michael is taking to enhance his imagination - but the details in this book are so vivid and creative. The world building was immense and fantastic. Slipstream's setting is three-dimensional and you feel like you're there.
Finally, I found myself caring about the characters. They were so real, and as a reader, you could feel their struggles. The hero, Jordan, is such a dynamic character. He's a total jock, a big physics geek, oh...and he's gay. I applaud Michael for breaking the mold of the typical science fiction hero. In the beginning, I didn't really like Jordan, however. He was pretty self-centered and emotionally detached. But as the story progresses, Jordan matures and grows emotionally.
Although the hero is a teenager, this is not a typical YA book. It's much heavier and cerebral. And the love story is believable and natural. I often get irked at how quickly characters fall for each other in typical YA novels. Romance is often idealized and just not so real. If you love action, intelligence, really good sci-fi, and on top of all that, just a great story - you'll love Slipstream too.