This is going to be a tough review to write. That’s not to say that Will McIntosh’s latest novel failed to live up to my expectations — in fact, it was easily one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I’ve had all year — but that so much of the book’s genius relies on knowing as little as possible going into it.
The premise itself is strange and unique: a man with no memory, known only as Faller, parachutes off the edge of the world in search of a woman he believes holds the key to his identity. Alternating chapters introduce us to Peter Sandoval, a renowned physicist whose Nobel Prize-winning research could save the world — or end it. While appearing unrelated at first, these narratives begin to converge as the book progresses, telling the story of how Faller came to exist.
When McIntosh announced that he had started work on Faller back in 2013, he compared the plot to an episode of Lost. I realise this is loaded statement for some people, but for a diehard fan of both the ABC series and McIntosh’s books, this sounded almost too good to be true. Now having read it, I agree that the comparison is apt: Faller captures the tantalising weirdness of the early seasons, before the show began to collapse under the weight of its own mythology, ultimately grounding these mysteries with sound explanations that even the most sceptical reader should find satisfying.
Faller by Will McIntosh is now available for pre-order and will be published on October 25, 2016.
Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reading Copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.