I’ve been a fan of Kevin Brennan’s novels for years. With each novel, I think Brennan can’t get better than this. And then he does it again. I read Eternity Began Tomorrow in one sitting. I didn’t want to put it down. I didn’t want to stop reading. The more I stayed with the story, the more I needed to know how it would all turn out. There’s the obvious immediacy of the novel, taking place as it does in the here and now, and then slightly into the future. My own anxiety (and dread) of the next presidential election kept me reading, hoping that Brennan might deliver a rosier future than I can imagine myself. But I won’t give the ending away.
The story is told totally through Molly (aka Blazes) Bolan’s point of view. She is a young, lightly seasoned journalist, eager to make the Big Story. She gets a lot more than she bargained for in John Truthing, the leader of an eco-movement that seems too cult-like to be legitimate. Truthing is charismatic, attractive, and cunning but is he for real? Does he really care about the planet and his followers? Or he is just another evangelical empty suit, looking to enrich himself and betray those who believe in him? All the reader knows is what Molly knows and that’s a big reason why I took breaks only for the bathroom or to tweet a quote from the novel (not at the same time). I felt as driven as Molly to get at the truth about Truthing, and I felt myself wavering at times too, wanting so much to believe in him, wanting so much to believe we had a “savior.”
The ending surprised me, yes, indeed it did. But with all good surprise endings (of which Brennan is a master), I should have seen it coming. The clues were there. Just little ones here and there, the kind of clues you’re only aware of after you finish the novel, the kind you look for in hindsight because the ending–though a surprise–makes so much sense.
Brennan doesn’t deliver two-dimensional characters. Every major character in this novel is etched in my brain now, especially Molly. What started off as a kind of road trip slash political thriller slash romance-type novel soon veered deeply into relationships between adult children and their seemingly dysfunctional but loving parents, the fear of growing old alone, the fear of losing what gives our lives meaning, the fear of running out of time.
I highly recommend this novel so if you haven’t purchased it, use this link to get your ebook copy: https://www.amazon.com/Eternity-Began-Tomorrow-Kevin-Brennan-ebook/dp/B07XM4Y3BJ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Eternity+Began+Tomorrow&qid=1571523093&sr=8-1.
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Marie A Bailey
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