Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sometimes being on the vanguard of scientific progress thrusts you into the teeth of danger. For Minnesota pharmaceutical researcher Dr. Marina Singh, that means being sent into the remotest region of the Amazon jungle to track down her former mentor. Finding Dr. Annick Swenson promises to be perilous: The last scientist assigned to find her has disappeared too. What follows is the most ambitious novel yet by Bel Canto author Ann Patchett as its adventure story opens into a penetrating study of personalities, loyalties, and ethics.
Review: Ugh. I don’t even know where to start with this book. This book was selected by my book club. I was actually pretty excited when it was chosen. I read Patchett’s The Magician’s Assistant a few years ago and I absolutely loved it. I expected equally wonderful things from this novel. Boy, was I wrong!
This book was just terrible. The plot moved so slowly that it was painful. I was bored to tears. I expected the science angle to be really compelling and interesting, but it wasn’t. The speed at which things happened just killed anything that was remotely intriguing about the story.
The characters were so flat. They were flat to the point of being interchangeable. They were also completely unlikeable.
This book was also about 75 pages longer than it truly warranted.
Long, boring, and painful sums up this novel. I would not recommend this book to anyone. I would recommend The Magician’s Assistant without hesitation, but not State of Wonder. Definitely, no.