Wormwood, Nevada

Wormwood, Nevada

by David Oppegaard
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Wormwood, Nevada 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Suzysunset More than 1 year ago
David Oppegaard's second novel was an excellent read! I enjoyed following the journey of Anna and Tyler as they look to expand their life's options, and the meaning of their lives as well, all within a town who's edges are unraveling. Books that blend the personal journeys of ordinary individuals within a context of extraordinary, supernatural events, can be both insightful and thrilling. Wormwood, Nevada comes through in both those respects. Oppegaard's seemingly straightforward prose, shelters a complexity of ideas, that will haunt you long after you're done reading.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Tyler and Anna Mayfield leave Nebraska when he accepts an English teaching position in Wormwood, Nevada where his Aunt Bernie resides. The town is in the middle of the great basin desert, sixty-seven miles from any other hamlet. As they near the town on the second day of the boring drive Tyler nearly crashes their vehicle because he saw something in the back seat; but nothing is there. He continues to see odd beings. He believes are aliens or he else he thinks he is going insane as Anna never sees them. Instead she has nasty nightmares that the end of the world is near although she thinks it is a psychological fear of growing old and no longer able to win the Miss Nebraska beauty pageant. When a meteorite crashes nearby, the townsfolk believe the end has started while Bernie introduces Tyler to a local astronomy club who believe aliens are remaking the world in their image. This fast-paced science fiction thriller hooks readers from the opening scene when Tyler swears he saw a strange looking essence in the backseat of the car and never slows down although the end seems somewhat less exhilarating than anticipated with the build up. Anna and Tyler are fascinating protagonists as she fears aging and he never recovered from his older brother vanishing years ago. However, ironically in spite of being the leads, neither holds the plot together; instead the town of Wormwood with its isolation serves as the focus. Fans will enjoy David Oppegaard's entertaining thriller as meth labs meet ET. Harriet Klausner