Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

 Summary from Goodreads:

You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed . . . because it wasn't necessary.

Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.

Release Date: February 7th

My Review:

What I Liked:

The writing style. The first person narrative really worked to engross me in the novel and experience the craziness and emotions along side the narrator.

The plot. The plot is crazy. I enjoyed the uniqueness of the story line and the fact that I could never guess what was going to happen next. Plus, it was nice to read a standalone novel for a chance instead of a series.

Characters. I grew to relate to the main character because Tom is extremely relatable even if some of his actions or views did not coalign with my own. The side characters, Penny, his parents and others stood out and I would have liked more of them.

What I Did Not Like:

Structure. The super short chapters were okay but they started to get distracting and I would liked a different format.

Some of the plot. The last part of the novel went a bit too quickly and I started to get confused by all of the time travel and alternate realities. I usually complain about slow pacing but this one had the opposite problem in the last section.

I recommend checking this out even if your not a big fan of science fiction like me, some of the physics and time travel aspects were confusing but the characters made up for that.

My Rating:

4 Stars Out of 5 Stars

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