The Revelations by Erik Hoel. ARC review

3.5 stars

Hi, little bears!! I’m back with another review, which is becoming the main reason why I write here, although I hope that changes soon.

First of all, I’d like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to have early access to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

Kierk, a neuroscience brilliant student, is living on the streets on his car after a heavy fight with the director of the doctorate he had been undertaking. Alone and with personal issues, he receives an invitation to be part of a postdoctoral fellowship, which would allow him to hit two birds with one stone and try to get both courses certified and done, getting his life and fame on the field again. But someone seems to be obsessively attacking every scientist working with him.

This is am adult psychological thriller that keeps you hanging. You need to understand the characters’ struggles to survive and to push forward on their studies; the importance of their investigations.

The main topics are neurosciences, conscience in the brain and, especially, neurophilosophy, so this book gets deep in to reflections and different opinions on the topic of consciousness, ethics and how to approach them when investigating. What should be our main hypotheses? Where to stop to make sure we’re not damaging our participants or the damage is minimal? When does your investigation become an obsession and forcing you out of reality?

This book is topic driven, which means everything that happens is focused on taking the reader on a ride through the reflections the author wanted to discuss. The plot is logical and, as crazy as it may seem, it is feasible. We also get to know and understand each of the characters, their emotions and the reasons for their behaviour. However, I didn’t attach to any of them and did not feel them particularly likeable, but they don’t have to be.

Being into the fields of psychology and neurosciences, I understood the discussions that took place throughout the story, but if you know nothing of these, you’d get deeply lost, so I recommend this book if you have at least some idea of what it’s being mentioned, given that it goes deep on the topics mentioned.

Let me know in the comments if you’ll read this book, if you’ve read it already or if you want to read it. I cannot wait to discuss it with more people who are into the field.

Hope you’re having a great month and please, take good care of yourselves.

Bear hugs!

Anne

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