I remain unconvinced that I had much choice in this “experiment.” So, by way of disclaimer: this is not my hypothesis. When your dissertation advisor tells you to do a bit of research, you do it.
Rich and poor look at death very differently. If there is something after this life–another existence of some kind, the law of averages require that if you live now as a poor person, you’d have more chance of coming back in the next life a little richer. When the rich die, they have a greater chance of coming back with less. The rich have every reason to cling to their lives of good fortune tenaciously.
Kodachrome is a novel about a global revolution that cuts across cultural, economic, and geographic divides; a conflict between the forces of rampant greed and demands for fairness and dignity.
The two main characters are extraordinary yet solitary – reluctant warriors who never meet. Miranda Carter is a cloistered graduate student dispatched to meet her estranged Mormon grandmother and examine a bizarre medical prognosis. Zhuli Cai is an unassuming young Chinese army officer willing to give everything to save the members of his unit. He holds a heavy secret.
Miranda and Zhuli are thrown headlong into technological and supernatural intrigue and deceit. They reckon with true impossibilities and face their own worst fears in a world of double-crosses, prophets, spies, presidential candidates, and Chinese revolutionaries.
On its way to a truly surprise ending, Kodachrome will beguile you with thriller-like tempo, the foresight of science fiction, deep social truths normally found only in historical novels, and a plot that you have never seen before – anywhere.