Author: Connie Willis
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
First Published: April 1, 1996
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Science Fiction
Sandra Foster studies fads—from Barbie dolls to the grunge look—how they start and what they mean. Bennett O'Reilly is a chaos theorist studying monkey group behavior. They both work for the HiTek corporation, strangers until a misdelivered package brings them together. It's a moment of synchronicity—if not serendipity—which leads them into a chaotic system of their own, complete with a million-dollar research grant, caffé latte, tattoos, and a series of unlucky coincidences that leaves Bennett monkeyless, fundless, and nearly jobless. Sandra intercedes with a flock of sheep and an idea for a joint project. (After all, what better animal to study both chaos theory and the herd mentality that so often characterizes human behavior?) But scientific discovery is rarely straightforward and never simple, and Sandra and Bennett have to endure a series of setbacks, heartbreaks, dead ends, and disasters before they find their ultimate answer. . . .
I didn’t know a single thing about Bellwether when I picked it up, but I decided to give audiobooks a try while at work and remembered a friend’s glowing comments about the book. This novel was quite simply a pleasure to listen to, and I’m so glad that I took that blind recommendation. Bellwether transcends genres: science fiction, satire, romantic comedy. When I say science fiction, I mean fiction about science.
The main character Sandra is a researcher studying fads and this book screams 90s nostalgia. The book pokes fun at popular trends, from fashion fads to new work culture mantras. The characters were charming and I found myself chuckling a lot while listening. I was surprised to hear the first hints of sweet romance, which was so wholesome it made my heart melt. There is not a lot to say without spoiling anything about the story, it’s best to go in without any expectations. I absolutely loved this book, start to finish, it was witty and wild and just plain fun.
“Insecure, ill-dressed chaos theorist desires intelligent, insightful, incandescent trends researcher. Must be SC.”