Bec and Ritchie's soldier father was killed for not betraying a snitch, the repercussions of this heroic act resonate through the years and provide a core for the novel. Ritchie the rockstar is unscrupulous and utterly delusional about his own goodness. Bec the scientist works selflessly to cure malaria and yet behaves badly to Val, a newspaper editor who sets himself up as moral policeman. Alex (once a hobby musician) is a scientist, as is his dying Uncle Harry. Harry's own son is rather a cartoon Christian, bringing his family up under Bible rules. Meek attempts big things with this book - it doesn't get bigger than Science VS God does it? So it's a commentary on power, media, sleazy old men and young girls - who is exploiting who? And it succeeds in having enough of a story to tie all these huge issues together. Enjoyable but not dazzling.
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