The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum
St. Martin's Press: 3/6/18
eBook review copy; 304 pages
The Coincidence Makers by Yoav Blum is a highly recommended
genre-bending novel that is part science fiction, part fantasy, part
love story, and part mystery. Read this novel and you will never believe
in coincidences again.
Guy, Emily, and Eric are the coincidence makers in this novel. The three
were recruited and trained together by the
General to be a part of the secret organization devoted to creating and
coincidences. Guy and Emily were promoted from the ranks of imaginary
friends, to join the coincidence makers. See, nothing in the world is
the result of a random occurrence, even imaginary friends.
The secret coincidence makers maneuver people and events to create or
design the changes or realizations that will provide people with the
inspiration or desire to change a worldview, create a work of art, or
fall in love, or discover a remarkable breakthrough or write poetry.
Nothing is left to chance. The coincidence makers are highly trained
agents who carefully, skillfully plan and time events so they achieve
the desired outcome, resulting in the completion of the plan and their
mission and do so without generating the sense of an artificial
The Coincidence Makers has an original premise and, when the
coincidence makers are working, the novel is fast paced. There are
sections between the action that includes excerpts from the books and
the lessons the three had to take in order to become a coincidence
maker. These lessons, while interesting, slow down the pace of the
novel. Other parts can be funny, witty, and quirky. It is probably
better to not give away a lot of the story before you read it. This is
also a novel that required a bit more leeway from me, at the beginning,
to stick with it longer than I might have normally, but the ending was
My review copy was courtesy of St. Martin's Press.
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