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This review is from: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Film Ink) (Paperback)
It was years ago that I read this book, but it deserves a review nevertheless. I don't recall The Body Snatchers having the same metaphorical underpinnings as the films (the '56 one supposedly being a communist allegory, the '78 film about urban isolation & dehumanisation) but Finney tackles his legendary plot with what can only be described as gusto. All the intricacies of the subject are explored: is it just a paranoid fantasy? how far could the conspiracy have spread? how much danger are we really in? and, of course, the philosophical problem raised by the pod-people themselves - wouldn't mankind be better off if we just gave into them? - making this quite a thoughtful novel, really.
What makes it entertaining though is Finney's ability to express various levels of creeping fear & paranoia, momentary relief and even excitement - Finney's written account of THAT classic scene in the films, the denoument I mean, is as exhilirating as any motion picture.
All in all, good solid science fiction full of thought and thrills, and I am surprised that it is not held in higher esteem. Not a forgotten classic (hence the four stars) but a book worth any SF fan's time.