With an appropriately-written post, given the date today, I am thrilled today to have my friend Katie stop by with her review of Killian McRae’s 12.21.12!
12.21.12 is a fast-paced story full of twists and turns.
Shep, an archaeologist, is immediately likeable as the story’s main character. After having lost his wife in Egypt in what he thinks is an earthquake, he turns to booze as an attempt to mask the guilt he feels. Then one morning, he gets a call from an old friend who asks him to come investigate some historical artifacts found in Mexico. It is there that Shep meets Victoria, and the story takes off.
The book is listed as, among other things, a romance, but I really didn’t feel like this was a love story. Sure, Victoria and Dmitri love each other but I never really found myself rooting for them. This could be because we don’t find out much of a back story on them. Shep obviously loved his wife very much but she died in the first few pages of the book so there wasn’t much to go on there either. A few times, I thought maybe Shep and Victoria might have something, but then nothing ever came of it.
Ultimately, the romance just isn’t there. If it’s drama, action and adventure you’re looking for then you’ve definitely chosen the right book. If you’re looking for the next great love story (or love triangle), I’d stick with the Hunger-Games-Twilight-Vampire Diaries type.
While the plot managed to keep me interested with all of its sudden twists and turns, the ending left me slightly confused. Perhaps, because everything seemed to wrap up a bit too suddenly and all too neatly. I’m not sure I entirely grasp who or what Shep is descendant from, and Dmitri’s sudden change of heart left me wondering if I had missed a page.
All in all, it was an interesting and entertaining read, chock full of history and a new take on the end-of-the-world theory, but there was something about it that just didn’t leave me with that oh-my-god-best-book-ever-when-is-the-next-one-out feeling. If the world doesn’t end on 12.21.12, I still don’t think I’ll be picking up the sequel.