Genres: Science Fiction
I have received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
In the first chapter of this book, we are in 1967 and time travel has just been invented. The four scientists are excited, hopeful, full of dreams. But when one of them, Barbara, goes into a manic depressive episode that is broadcast on a BBC interview, she never again is able to time travel or go back to her work. Fast forward to 2017 and Barbara’s granddaughter Ruby is just now finding out more details about her past and why her mom hates time travel. Then, it’s 2018 and a body has been discovered in a room locked from the inside, shot to death.
Yes, all those things are connected.
So welcome to the review of one of my favorite sci-fi novels ever, where time travel, its economy and culture are the center of this novel, which elegantly weaves different plots together, exploring human nature, relationships, mental health, power.
This book has great elements of what constitutes a good sci-fi to me: its science is interesting and well-researched, the technology is inserted seamlessly into people’s lives (there are toys that use time travel, there are dolls with the scientists, there are several “trash” horror time travel stories, there is slang…), but what makes this novel really awesome is the human element of it. All the characters (which are mostly women) are so complex, interesting, different, smart. Their lives change and connect with one another all the time and its fascinating to read about. Also there is a murder mystery, which must be one of the best I’ve ever read.
And the plot twists! There are so many (but not too many) and I doubt you’ll see many of them coming. The novel is fast paced and so much happens, but I wish it was never over. I could just read it on and on and never get tired of it. I’m already planning to buy it in paperback (which comes out today, when this post is live!) and re-read it, because it’s that amazing (if you don’t know – I hardly ever re-read books).
Everything is fantastic and I have no complaints at all. I also particularly love that there are so many women in this novel. When have I last read a book with women scientists as main characters? And with time travel!
I highly recommend this book, even if you’re not that much of a sci-fi fan, trust me: this is so worth it for the character-driven plot, which is also fast-paced and so, so full of awesome twists. You will not be disappointed!