Now that I have crossed a milestone, and it is the beginning of the month, I do not intend to ration out my reviews as I might have otherwise for a better pattern. I mean to follow my mood for when to post or schedule my post. I need to first get into the groove of actually writing those reviews so here’s hoping for a happening May.
I have had this book for a while on my virtual shelf, and I finally got around to reading it. I had to chip away at it initially, chapter by chapter till I got the groove going. It was not what I expected it to be. The author has a very engaging mode of communications and for the most part, impartially provides us with the required information.
The book collects many of the things we are afraid of when it comes to Nature and the fact that it can be beyond our control or even understanding. There is information about climate change, volcanoes, tornadoes and the like and also a random few paragraphs of Sharks and their interactions with humans. Initially, the examples provided to us with specific cases are from all over the world. Towards the end, it is very US-centric, something I expected, so it is not detrimental to my reaction to the book. First, we are given an event or sequence of events, and then we are taken further into the mechanics of the damage and what the consequences are. There are a lot of scientific facts involved, but it is simply put and has enough nuggets to keep a healthy debate or conversation going with anyone equally interested. I just felt the flow of topics was a little haphazard, but that might be just me.
For anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the vagaries of Nature, or even the list of things science does not know about predicting calamities, this is a perfect book. It is not a very dense or large book and can be read within a short interval if you are used to reading non-fiction.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.