Love in the Cretaceous
Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)
LOVE IN THE CRETACEOUS is a love story set a hundred years in the future in a dinosaur park in Oregon. Ted Beebe has lost the love of his life and must suddenly find his way alone in old age. He finds young people to take the place of his wife and himself in assuring the survival of Cretaceous World, the park his wife and he created. Global warming has proceeded as predicted, and the fate of Homo sapiens has become uncertain. People come to see the genetically engineered recreations of dinosaurs and are made more aware of humanity’s own vulnerability to extinction. Ted succeeds in creating a new family structure whose three generations will guide the park through the immediate future. He also keeps alive his wife’s memory while coping with the challenges of the uncertain future.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.00 out of 10
Plot: This novel features a rollicking plot—although quite a few plot threads are never resolved. Still, the primary plot is wacky enough to work.
Prose: The prose is solid, simple, and peppered with surprising sex scenes to keep readers turning pages. There's also fascinating information about dinosaurs that's cleverly woven into the book.
Originality: Although its subject matter has been covered before, this novel has enough twists and turns and zany characters to feel fresh and engaging.
Character Development: The author presents an offbeat, memorable, and (mostly) believable cast of characters.
Date Submitted: August 31, 2017