20 March 2016

Review: Version Control

Version Control Version Control by Dexter Palmer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, time travel books, how I love you.

This book basically follows a couple. One is a scientist, working on a time travel device, the other his spouse. In this futuristic America, the president's hologram can address citizens directly, cars are self-driving, and so on. So there are a lot of complications to go along with this story, and a lot of questions regarding the nature of time travel and such that are discussed.

I kind of loved how this book played with the idea. Early on, the seeds of doubt as to what's going on are sewn, and once we get into the idea of what time travel means in this story (both from a frank scientific standpoint that I had never considered before and thus has ultimately made me personally doubt the ability to actually have time travel occur in a way I didn't before) and how it would impact society if it worked, it throws the entire narrative into disarray, and I kind of love it. It's such a different, unique take, and with characters I enjoyed reading about and a few curveballs along the way, this is probably one of my favorite books that plays with time travel in some time, and definitely my favorite "nontraditional" take on the genre.

Overall, if you like science fiction, read this anyway. If you're really into time travel stories, this one should get as close to the top of your radar as possible. Just a great read on a whole.

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