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The Midas Effect by Manuel Dorado - Book Review

Write on: Wed, 29 Apr 2020 by  in Natasha's Reviews Read 1989

The Midas Effect by Manuel Dorado is based on the premise of a Midas – a seemingly all-powerful being who can make anything they imagine become reality through the use of quantum inflection. Other quantum inflexors exist too with varying levels of ability. Vladimir, an ex-KGB agent and current leader of the top-secret Project, has been studying quantum inflection and searching for a Midas all his life. At last, he has found someone he believes to be a Midas, a Spaniard named Miguel. Vladimir sends his best researcher Monica, who is a quantum inflexor herself, to lure Miguel in, and eventually, under the oversight of the CIA, they convince him to voluntarily join the Project. Things seem to be going well, aside from the small hiccup of Monica and Miguel falling in love. However, once it is proven that Miguel is a Midas, it comes to light that the CIA has very different plans for him.

The Midas Effect does a little of a lot of things. There’s a bit of a superpower motif, but the quantum inflexors’ abilities are used sparingly. The CIA is present as an important plot point, but very little espionage actually takes place. There’s a romantic relationship between two of the main characters, but it often seems to get left behind. The story builds off theological and philosophical themes of a man with the power of a god, but that aspect is never deeply explored. I think one of my biggest frustrations with this book is that I was never quite sure what it was trying to do. Genre-breaking can be a great tool, but in this case, it just left me a bit befuddled.

My favorite part of The Midas Effect was the ending. There were some major plot twists at the end, a couple of which I had anticipated due to foreshadowing. This showed that the twists weren’t just present for the shock value; they had been planned all along. Despite my frequent confusion with the direction the book was taking, the plot was formulated well, and the ending was satisfying.

My least favorite part of this book was the characters. Each character was distinct and the relationships between them were well-developed and important to the storyline. Unfortunately, I didn’t particularly like any of the characters or feel strongly connected to them. I disliked the main character, Miguel, from the start due to his sexualization of women and treatment of his ex-girlfriend. This dislike turned into disinterest throughout the majority of the book as it seemed that Miguel’s motivations purely revolved around his love interest. I simply wasn’t invested in most of the characters of this book, and that made it drag on at times.

I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a well-designed plot and doesn’t mind when a book takes a while to get going. I would not recommend this book to young readers, due to the vulgarity sprinkled throughout which includes a sex scene. I also would not recommend it to anyone looking for a fast-paced or action-packed read.

I give The Midas Effect a rating of 3 out of 5. Even though it was translated from Spanish, the book was well written and edited. I only found a couple of typos in all. It also had a thought-provoking premise and a well-designed plot. Yet, for me, the downfalls of the book were its slow pace and unrelatable characters.

I received a free copy of this book through OnlineBookClub in return for an honest review.

Natasha

Natasha's passion for reading was kindled by her parents and the local library that allowed her family to checkout 50 books at a time. She first fell in love with fantasy through Arthurian retellings whereas her love for science fiction began with Star Wars novels. Nowadays, she still spends her free time reading but also gaming, running a blog (natrosette), and obsessing over TV shows. Maybe if she spent as much time reading as she does looking for books to read, she'd actually make a dent in her TBR.