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The Technologists: A Novel by Matthew Pearl

The Technologists: A Novel

by Matthew Pearl

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The first graduating class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is thrown into turmoil by bizarre phenomena that cause instruments to inexplicably spin out of control, challenging enterprising students to protect lives while combating Harvard rivals.

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  shum57 | Jul 22, 2019 |
I was very disappointed in this book. The characters are stereotypes and one dimensional. The story is predictable and there is no sparkle in its telling. Dull! ( )
  pgmcc | Oct 26, 2018 |
This book was so difficult to read. I had been looking forward to it because of Matthew Pearl's other excellent books but this one was just hard to read, hard to follow and hard to like. I've given it a three because I know that a lot of research must have gone into writing this book but if I'm being honest it's probably more like a 2 or 2.5.
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  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
I like Pearl's historical ambitions. And can live w his Boston obsession. Too talky. Characters way too helpful in explaining things. But intrigued w the scientific issues turned into mystery here. way too much suspension of disbelief required. But in the end gave him that. turning science history into mystery requires heavy lifting. A fun read. Added a star as I wrote this. ( )
  idiotgirl | Dec 25, 2015 |
Very much my cup of tea. Student techies have to work to save Boston from one of their own. ( )
  majkia | Oct 28, 2015 |
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What we have in “The Technologists” is basically a ripping yarn with some war-of-ideas apparatus and plenty of period furniture, the whole accompanied by a distracting space-junk drone of bad writing.
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Its proud lines intermittently visible through the early morning fog, the Light of the East might have been the most carefree ship that ever floated into Boston.
Technology is the dignity that man can achieve by bettering himself and his society.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club, comes a completely fresh take on the historical thriller, set at the intersection of science and history, as the men and women of the first graduating class of MIT must avert a dire threat against their city.

Boston, 1868: On a fog-shrouded, moonless spring night in Boston Harbor, seven ships—schooners, pleasure steamers, and steamships—mysteriously crash in a massive, fiery wreck. The devastation is later complicated by the discovery that every compass recovered from the wreckage had spun wildly as the ships veered inexplicably off course. In an attempt to solve the mystery, investigators visit the newly founded Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whose fifteen-member inaugural class is about to graduate. As the harbor disaster is followed by further strange calamities striking the city, Marcus Mansfield and his fellow classmates including Ellen Swallow, the sole female student at MIT—will find themselves in the position of being the only people qualified to save the city and its inhabitants from what seems to be the work of a madman.
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