Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Marisha Pessl

fiction thriller mysterious slow-paced

514 pages | first published 2006

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Special Topics in Calamity Physics is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood moving from one academic outpost to another with he...
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Moods

mysterious 88%
dark 52%
challenging 30%
funny 25%
adventurous 22%
emotional 19%
tense 19%
reflective 16%
sad 16%
informative 8%
lighthearted 5%

Pace

slow 68%
medium 31%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 47% | Character: 31% | Plot: 21%

Strong character development?

Yes: 41% | No: 35% | It's complicated: 19% | N/A: 3%

Loveable characters?

No: 56% | Yes: 23% | It's complicated: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 83% | It's complicated: 6% | Yes: 6% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 51% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 17% | N/A: 3%

Average rating

3.59