Cold Fusion, by Harper Fox
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: January 5, 2015
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
As an environmental activist for Peace Warrior, Kier Mallory never hesitated to throw himself into dangerous situations. Until his hotheadedness costs the lives of two fellow crewmembers on an anti-whaling mission.
He finds no refuge in his hometown on Scotland’s north coast, where everyone knows what this son of a broken fisherman has done. Effectively homeless, Mal returns to one of his favorite places—Spindrift, a rustic colony of artist and crafter huts.
Spindrift is dilapidated and empty, save for a lone resident. Vivian Calder, a brilliant but emotionally detached scientist who appears to have done the impossible—mastered cold fusion. A clean, free, limitless source of power.
Despite Viv’s aversion to contact, a fragile bond forms between them, seemingly one atom at a time. Until Mal, determined to redeem himself by revealing Viv’s accomplishment to the world, brings down the wrath of an oil-dependent establishment, risking not only their love, but Viv’s life.
When I first heard about this book, I thought, “This isn’t for me.” I’m not a fan of characters who are put in humiliating situations through their own ignorance or stupidity. But everyone kept talking about how excited they were to read it, and the first reactions were overwhelmingly positive, so I decided to give it a try.
I have never been so glad to be wrong about a book!
Cold Fusion is breathtaking, with a narrative that reads like poetry and characters who are passionate and flawed and brilliant. Harper’s elegant writing rolled over me, sweeping me away.
I should have stayed and faced them. I was nothing but cobwebs by now, though, and I slipped off the barstool and let the wind blow me out the door.
The relationship between Viv and Mallory was extremely well done. Vivian is the kind of character that I adore, one who is made stronger by what others might call weakness. He’s a genius, on the autism spectrum, but he’s also genuine. Mallory balances him out, brash and too-emotional, but warm and desperate for someone who sees him, not his past.
My God, what a smile! I looked away. The charm and the flash of it came out of nowhere, and I didn’t want to watch it fade when he realised how little I’d done to deserve it.
And the imagery! I honestly felt like I could look up and see the tiny town of Kerra, or the wilds of the Cairngorms. (So then I spent like an hour googling pictures, because wow.)
And that nagging fear I had, that almost kept me from this gorgeous novel? Yes, Mal is thoughtless and arrogant at times, and his desperate devotion to his cause results in some pretty big issues. But he learns from his mistakes, I think, and in the end it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would.
Highly recommend this novel. Beautiful writing, excellent characters, and a fun and fast-paced story!