So, I had to try several flops before I found this one:
As far as trailers go, this one touches on many salient points:
- Introduces a character (at least a stereotype),
- Introduces a catalyst,
- Escalates the dire,
- Establishes the need for a resolution.
It might be intriguing if I wasn’t inclined to be offended.
You see, the catalyst involves a global fireworks display launched from space. This introduces several points of discomfort:
- The 4th of July (a.k.a. the day the U.S. celebrates its independence from the British Empire) is not a global holiday, so why would people all around the world celebrate an extravagant display of wealth that presupposes the “superiority” of the U.S.?
- Fireworks are bad. Little kids in terrible factories make things that explode, all too often getting hurt in the process; and the things they make do explode, though not always where and when they’re supposed to, all too often hurting others in the process.
- Would fireworks even work in space? I have serious doubts.
This leads to further discomfort, because it’s implied that this fireworks display somehow leads to a pandemic of blindness. I suppose I could give the author that possibility, except that this pandemic of blindness then leads to the collapse of society and infrastructure and hope.
Um. People deal with being blind every day. Humanity would not cease to function, nor would our infrastructure suddenly collapse if a lot more people became disabled, particularly due to sudden blindness.
Benefit of the doubt: The causation could be a bit more complicated than is suggested in the trailer.
Unfortunately, my offense is trigger by what the trailer suggests. Neither excessive nationalism (e.g. assuming that the 4th of July would be celebrated around the world no matter how you “sold” it) nor ableism (e.g. assuming that acquiring a disability is catastrophic) appeals to me, so why would I want to read this book?