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Thursday, December 13, 2018

REVIEW: All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai @duttonbooks @elanmastai

All Our Wrong Todays
by Elan Mastai

Thanks so much to Dutton Books for this copy!
I was very excited when my bookclub chose this as a read for December.

Publisher: Dutton Books
Publish Date: February 20, 2018
400 Pages
Genre: Science Fiction

It's 2016, and in Tom Barren's world, technology has solved all of humanity's problems--there's no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocadoes. Unfortunately, Tom isn't happy. He's lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you're heartbroken and have a time machine? Something stupid.

Finding himself stranded in a terrible alternate reality--which we immediately recognize as our 2016--Tom is desperate to fix his mistake and go home. Right up until the moment he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and the woman who may just be the love of his life.

Now Tom faces an impossible choice. Go back to his perfect but loveless life. Or stay in our messy reality with a soulmate by his side. His search for the answer takes him across continents and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future--our future--is supposed to be.

My Review:

Feels a bit like reading a history book about the future but through a first person perspective. Make sense?

I appreciate the couple of sum up chapters in between the "big moves" because while my scientific love is being satiated by the story, there's a LOT to digest.  Personally, if you can make it to the first summation, then good job... now it's going to get really interesting.  If you didn't make it that far... well, I can understand why but really it's a great set up for what happens next.

It gets really interesting right around page 130ish and that's where I started to get really involved with the story.  At times it can get a bit confusing but wow... to be completely honest, I wasn't sure I was going to like the book at the beginning but once it got rolling, well, I was completely invested.  This satisfies my scientific brain, my love for the thought that we could be different parallel lives and the cute, innate love story that was basically the basis of the entire story line.

I've briefly seen some comparison to Crouch's Dark Matter with this novel... however, I found the only thing similar would be the potential continual timelines that parallel each other and the back and forth of what could be or could not be as a result of everything thrown in together.  At times it could be a bit too technical but over all, I enjoyed the narrative as a fictional memoir.


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