Maxwell's Demon

Hardcover, 352 pages

Published April 6, 2021 by Grove Press.

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Review copy provided by publisher On the outside, Maxwell’s Demon sounds like a straightforward mystery, but those who read The Raw Shark Texts will know it’s anything but. The title is a clue; Maxwell’s demon is a thought experiment on how entropy (in regards to thermal dynamics) might be violated. The novel returns again and again to the theme of entropy, both the physics definition and that of disorder.

I liked how entropy is introduced in the idea of a messy kitchen. The kitchen wants to be messy, the odds of it being tidy are miniscule, only one thing needs to be out of order for it to be messy. And the rules of entropy means it will only get messier unless something intervenes.

Quinn refers to a novel as a closed system, one where entropy does not exist. The story does not decay, it can be read over and …