This first book of a new sci-fi series introduces an alternate earth where powerful Threads have the power to alter reality as we know it.
Pulled from his world by an experiment gone wrong, Darwin Lloyd is one of the few that can see the Threads—quantum strings that can be manipulated to change or control reality. On an alternate Earth ravaged by war, Darwin is torn between the Qabal and SafeHaven, his only goal to find a way back home and stop the same fate from happening in his time line.
Threads—thought of as a gift from the machine he helped his father create—and Threaders are both loved and hated, treated as gods by some and as criminals by others. Out of his element, Darwin must learn how to control the Threads and possibly join the hated Qabal to find the path back to his dad.
But Thread use comes at a price. Follow the possibilities and probabilities too far and the human mind shatters, leaving the Threader a mindless, drooling husk. Yet the Thread’s pull is almost irresistible, and a constant battle for those that can see them.
In this strange new world, Darwin discovers what he could never find on his own: friends, family, love, a mother he lost years before, and a younger sister he never had.
A reserved physics student struggles to save the world in Brandt's first Quantum Empirica novel (after The Rebel), an exciting blend of science fiction, portal fantasy, and dystopian adventure. During his final year of college, Darwin Lloyd interns on his father's Quantum Power Source project in New Jersey while having strange hallucinatory episodes. When his father finally powers up the QPS machine, Darwin's perception of reality splinters and he stumbles into an alternate dimension. In evocative prose, Brandt convincingly relays Darwin's confusion as he comes to grips with the dystopian nature of this alternate Earth. Darwin discovers that his episodes are a symptom of his ability to see and manipulate Threads, floating filaments that represent all probabilities in any given situation. Darwin's fragile emotional state and social anxiety make him a protagonist readers will sympathize with but they also make him easy prey for the machinations of Rebecca Henslow, a cult leader who wants to exploit Darwin's abilities to cross dimensions herself. An unexpected rescue from a separate faction places Darwin in the midst of long-standing conflict between Threader communities. The unlikely hero and innovative use of physics as a basis for magiclike abilities results in a memorable adventure. Readers will look forward to the next installment. \n