‘The Anomaly’ book review by Herv Le Tellier
Much remains unexplained in “The Anomaly,” but the characters all agree on one thing: Their Air France flight from Paris to New York in the spring of 2021 was a nightmare. We witness that horror early on in a chapter called “The Spinning Cycle,” a chapter that epitomizes the novel’s wit. Moments before landing, the Boeing 787 was hit by a spectacular storm. Le Tellier writes: “Not only was there one anvil-shaped mesocyclone soaring high in the atmosphere, but there were dozens of them, as if they were lifted by an invisible hand, and all fused together. “. The pilot had just enough time to warn his passengers before the plane plunged into a pitch-black vortex. “Those few seconds felt like an eternity, and then despite the tornado, the plane found a warm and rising current and a zone of support, creating what feels like a crushing roller coaster. violently broken.” Screams echoed throughout the cabin.
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