This modern day fiction novel primarily takes place in the heart of the Amazon jungle. After her colleague turns up dead, a second pharmaceutical company scientist is sent to Brazil to check on the progress of a fertility drug and to get more details on the death of her friend. The story focuses on relationships - relationships between employer and employee, between students and teachers, between lovers and friends. State of Wonder is a well-written story that kept my attention, taught me a few things about South American tribes and jungles, and made some interesting commentaries about drug companies. A frustrating ending left many loose ends, too many to feel a sense of closure. Overall, a good read which I would recommend.