Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
I’ve been fortunate to have read for review a string of top-notch novels for Reader’s Favorite the past several weeks and The Drift by David Maxwell earned its way to the top of that list. In this stunning science-fiction thriller, the town of Crystal Falls is hit by a winter storm of unbelievable proportions and intensity. The townsfolk struggle to survive and assemble in the local clinic. Following a series of hair-raising events, characterized by great acts of bravery and determination, it looks like almost everyone has survived the worst ... and that’s when the shite really hits the fan.
The Drift is a strong, character driven, magnificent story that touches on several emotional themes and personal discoveries as the actors struggle within a dystopian world in which an advanced society's strategies for survival and rejuvenation of their dying world infringes upon and enslaves another. Mr. Maxwell is expert in building and defining his characters. Regardless of their place in the story - major or minor actor, protagonist or antagonist - he brings them to life with an unparalleled sense of verisimilitude. These actors are true to life and unforgettable.
The Drift is a refreshing view of a familiar (for sci-fi fans) theme, told in compelling fashion, perfectly paced with each scene meshing and setting the stage for the next. You’ll find little to no “tell” in this story; it’s almost entirely “show.” I easily visualized every scene. As applicable, I felt love, empathy, sympathy, dislike, and/or hatred for every character. If I could reduce this review to a single sentence, it would be this: If you read only one book this year, make sure it’s The Drift by David Maxwell.