Morrison’s got the magic touch with science-grounded action adventure. He delves deep into disaster fiction, as well as the hearts of his characters, with the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel. Protagonist Kai Tanaka races across Honolulu, torn between his directive and his heart, as he tries to outrace a cataclysm that will wipe out the island. A compressed timeframe, an imminent disaster that threatens millions of lives and characters rang-ing from the heroic to the obnoxious amp up the tension in a breathtaking run to salvation. If readers can only grab one book this year — make it this one.