Elan Mastai’s All Our Wrong Todays (2017) Is a story about purpose. Tom is living in the future. A scientist created a device able to generate a limitless supply of clean energy. This event was the birth of the future. This invention sparked a technological age that made it possible for humanity to live its current enlightened era. But Tom is not happy; he just can’t seem to get his life in order. In order to give his life some structure, his genius father gives him a job as a chrononaut (it’s just a fancy name for a time traveller). A tragedy forces Tom to take an unauthorized trip through time. He wants to prevent the tragedy from happening, but he unwittingly makes a mistake that can affect millions of lives. He needs to correct it if he can ever live with himself.
I like the tone of the book. Even though the subject matter can get a little bit science heavy, Mastai manages to communicate effectively to the readers what they need to know without slowing the pace of the story. I liked the length of the chapter. The book has short chapters. This made me think I just needed to read a little bit more to find out what happens next. Every chapter doesn’t end the same way, some of them end in cliffhangers and some explain a concept that made me want to find out how it was going to relate to the story. My favorite concept in the book is how Mastai deals with the mechanics of time travel.
A New Viewpoint
For as long as I can remember, there have been two major ways to think about time travel. The easiest way to explain them is to refer to the movies that best explain the concepts; Back To The Future and The Terminator. In Back To The Future the future can be re-written. Whatever you do in the past will directly affect the future. In The Terminator franchise, the past does not affect the future, the best you can hope for is for the future to be less painful. In All Our Wrong Todays, Mastai presents a hybrid between the two concepts with an added twist: location. Let me explain: The earth rotates on its axis in addition to moving around the sun. The sun is also travelling through the milky way and the milky way is also moving through the universe. In order to travel through time, you need to be able to know the exact location the planet was in on the date you want to travel to. This becomes incredibly more difficult is you are planning to travel to the future.
I highly recommend this book. It is an unusual mixture of genres: part time travel, part romance and also the lengths some of us go to find our place in the universe. I do have to warn you, there is foul language in the book. So if this isn’t something you like, I recommend you steer clear.
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