Odds Against Tomorrow

Odds Against Tomorrow

[a Novel]

Book - 2013
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While working for a mysterious financial consulting firm that offers insurance to corporations against impending catastrophic events, a gifted young mathematician becomes increasingly obsessed with doomsday scenarios until one of his actual worst-case scenarios unfolds in Manhattan.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374224240
0374224242
Characteristics: 306 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Munday, Oliver

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Jabberwock12 Dec 08, 2015

If you would like to scared of the possibility of what a Cat 3 or 4 Hurricane striking NYC head on then read Odds Against Tomorrow. It's an amazing read that shouldn't be overlooked. I look forward for Nathaniel Richs' next novel. A great doomsday novel in the not so distant future. This novel really hits home if you lived through Hurricane Sandy.

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bookwormjeph
Dec 01, 2013

I don't usually read futuristic/doomsday type of novels-I generally find them either implausible or so damn real they are frightening. But this novel is sharp, witty and very cynical toward our materialistic society and how easy it is to exploit for huge financial gains by playing on peoples fears. With that as a theme it is also a statement on the corporate insurance industry. By the time I was half way through it I was getting drawn into the plight of the characters and found my self wishing they would do alright in the end and so every chance I got I read a few more pages. One of the better futuristic novels I have read- though that is quantified in light of not having read all that many over the years. Well worth checking out and diving into.

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frealasruadh
May 01, 2013

This novel transfixed me. Not only a totally believable premise, and astonishing that it has an entire paragraph documenting the damages from Superstorm Sandy in it (as this is set in the not-too-distant-future) given that it was only just published. The characters were compelling and fallible. As a writer myself, I found I was reading descriptions (especially to do with particular characters) aloud to my partner, in awe of Rich's ability to describe people without resorting to banal descriptions of hair and eye color. I returned the book before writing this review, so I can't quote any of his exceptional turns of phrase here. This novel is engrossing, a joy to read (especially if you read with an editor's eye), and brings to life a profession that if it doesn't exist yet, it certainly well.

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