Sometimes it seems as if the tiniest things can change your entire life, and you wonder what would have happened if, for instance, you’d missed that train instead of catching it, or if you’d gotten this job instead of that one. Of course, life is full of coincidences and things that just happen to fall in a particular way, and adults don’t expect to be able to plan everything and be able to follow their plans without unforeseen calamities or roadblocks.
But what if these seeming coincidences were nothing of the sort? What if they were all part of a plan? What if there were people whose jobs were to set up certain coincidences and make certain unlikely things happen, so that other, more important, things would follow? Einstein is reputed to have said “God does not play dice with the universe.” What if he was right?
That is the beginning of the fascinating premise of a new book, The Coincidence Makers, by Yoav Blum. There IS a grand plan, and there are people who are spending all their time working to set up those coincidences and “accidents” that lead to that plan’s working. Three characters went through a “coincidence training course,” where they learned how to set up apparently random events so the people involved would never suspect they were planned, and after they graduated from the course, joined a secret organization as Coincidence Makers, where they’ve been working the last two years.
One day, Guy, one of the Coincidence Makers, receives an assignment that’s at a much higher level than anything he’s tried before. He realizes that it’s a big deal and that it’s going to be much more difficult and more complicated than his usual job, but even he has no idea how serious it is, how many things it’s going to impact, including his own life. A mysterious killer shows up as well, and over the course of this mission, Guy and his companions learn new things about fate, free will, and the nature of love.
The premise is so intriguing you almost have to read the book itself to see how it plays out, and what the big mission is. Check out The Coincidence Makers and see for yourself.