So, I just finished reading this e-book, Origin, by J.A. Konrath. (Well, I finished it last night before I went to bed, but close enough.)
It was a fun read, well worth the $0.99 I paid for it, but definitely what I would call a popcorn novel.
The pitch, as written by the author, is:
Thriller writer J.A. Konrath, author of the Lt. Jack Daniels series, digs into the vaults and unearths a technohorror tale from the depths of hell…
1906 – Something is discovered by workers digging the Panama Canal. Something dormant. Sinister. Very much alive.
2009 – Project Samhain. A secret underground government installation begun 103 years ago in New Mexico. The best minds in the world have been recruited to study the most amazing discovery in the history of mankind. But the century of peaceful research is about to end.
BECAUSE IT JUST WOKE UP.
The thing is… even though I enjoyed it a lot, and the narrative effortlessly pulled me back in every time I picked it up after having to take a break for pesky things like work, it didn’t really satisfy. Like popcorn – fun, but not a meal. Things happen, characters survive (or don’t), but no one really changes. None of the characters are different at the end of the book than at the beginning. (Aside from death, of course.)
I don’t know if trying to add more depth would have ruined the fun of it, or pushed it to a higher level, but as it stands, I have to call it a fun read, (as long as you enjoy a little bit of blood and gore) but not a must-read.