Friday, April 26, 2013
Reader's Diary #992- Andrew Pyper: The Wildfire Season
But at about page 150, it suddenly occurred to me that I was no longer enjoying the book, not even remotely, and I spent the rest of time trying to determine what went wrong.
The best I can come up with is that Pyper took on too much. Though the book centers primarily around Miles McEwan, an self-exiled fire chief living in Ross River, Yukon, Pyper uses the third person omniscient to occasionally share glimpses into the minds of a handful of other characters (even a freakin' bear), and they all seem to have the same penchant for figurative language. Worse still is the excessive peril: at one point Miles is in danger of being burned alive, attacked by a bear, shot, and somewhere out there also lurks a mysterious arsonist. I half expected Venom or the Sandman to show up. It was hard to take the whole theme of guilt and redemption seriously when the rest of the plot was so over the top.
I appreciated a Yukon setting that wasn't Whitehorse or Dawson City, but had really hoped for a better story.