Published by Dutton on February 7th 2017
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Received from the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When I first started reading this book, I thought “What the hell”. I did not care for it. But I had requested it and agreed to give a review so I plugged along. The book starts out providing a lot of technical/scientific information. I do realize that this was a necessary way to start the book. It did explain the world that Tom was living in but for me it was a little to technical and it failed to grab my attention initially. Then somewhere after the first couple of chapters this book started to grow on me. It became quirky, fun and interesting.
Tom seems to just plug along through life. His Mother dies in a Hover car accident and he finds himself employed by his overachieving father. His father, who is on the verge of making a major announcement concerning a breakthrough in time travel. Ever the disappointment to his father, Tom screws things up. He doesn’t intend to do wrong, he just seems to have bad luck, bad judgement, and makes bad decisions.
Tom makes a rash decision and ends up traveling 50 years in the past. Bad luck follows him and once he returns to his present day, things are not as they were when he left. His Mother is alive! He has an older sister! He is successful! Oh, yes, and for some reason his name is John now. He inhibits John’s body but as Tom. Get it? He seeks out the girl of his dreams and begins a relationship with her. But John is there still lucking under the surface and rears his ugly head. I would have liked to have seem more of the struggle of John/Tom.
What is Tom to do? He is faced with a dilemma. He knows it is wrong to stay in this alternative universe/dimension…but life is better here. He shares his story with others who don’t believe him. Who would? If someone comes to you and says. “I know you know me as John but I’m really Tom and I live in an alternative reality.” People would be concerned about your mental status Plus, if you wanted to go back to your own world, how do you get there?