All research points to magic being real, but no longer working after a particular point in time. If it worked once, is it possible to bring it back?
I picked up this book at Bruised Apple Books in Peekskill, NY, because I’ve read three other Neal Stephenson books and loved them. This one was definitely interesting, but it didn’t pull me in like Seveneves or Reamde. It still made me think, but since it was organized as snippets of official reports and journal entries, each with different voices, it was difficult to get sucked in. For 700+ pages, it was a quick read. I’d recommend it to someone who is interested in books about magic and time travel, but I wouldn’t read it a second time.
I pictured Wil Traval (Will in Jessica Jones) and Shannon Woodward (Elsie in Westworld) as the two main characters in my head as I read this. If there is ever a film adaptation of this book, I think they’d be a perfect match.