Wednesday, July 12, 2017

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

    • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
    • Published February 7, 2017
    • First novel by author

    • This book features time travel of a sort.
    • Tom lives on Earth in 2016, a place where the Goettreider engine produces unlimited energy (invented in 1965) and the future has developed like all the science fiction stories said it would: jetpacks, flying cars, the whole Jetsons lifestyle.
    • Thanks to his father's time travel experiments, intended to go back to the start of the Goettreider machine in 1965, Tom goes back in time, messes things up and ends up back in 2016. OUR 2016.
    • In his old life his mother had died and he was an only child. In this new universe his mother is still alive and he has a sister.
    • The woman he loved in his time (who didn't love him) is in this world too.
    • Complications ensue as he tries to return to his world.

    • I noticed that a lot of people are comparing this book to another called Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I read that book last year and there are definitely similarities but I think there are always going to be similarities in time travel stories. They just happened to come out within 6 months of each other which makes it easier for people to compare them directly.
      • That book's protagonist had more of a conspiracy feel to it --- things happen to him thorugh no fault of his own --- whereas this book has Tom, kind of an aimless doofus who changes time accidentally AND on purpose, more humorous in its nature to some degree.
    • Anyway, I liked this story and the characters. Standouts include Lionel Goettreider himself and Tom's mother and sister.
    • Recommended for those who enjoy science fiction stories about time travel.
    • ★ ★ ★ ★