Wook Kim
July 25, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Last Theorem

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Arthur C. Clarke, Frederik Pohl
publisher
Del Rey
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Fiction

We gave it a B

In Arthur C. Clarke and Frederik Pohl’s The Last Theorem, a math prodigy solves a centuries-old problem and comes to the attention of a shadowy U.N. agency — even as an alien fleet heads to Earth.

Movie Pitch
Equal parts Good Will Hunting, Men in Black, and War of the Worlds.

Bottom Line
Uneven pacing and tone mar an intriguing cautionary tale. This collaboration, completed before Clarke’s death last March, would’ve made a better solo project for either author. B

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