I opened this book for a time travel adventure and found myself deep in the emotional wake of dealing with the consequences of ones mistakes. Tom Barron, or is it John Barron. I guess it depends on which today you're talking about. Tom Barron is an average guy living in a utopian world with a genius father who only sees disappointment when he looks at his son. Things go wrong pretty quickly. What does someone do when they're brokenhearted and have a time machine? Something stupid.
Tom finds himself in our 2016 with our iPhones and internet, but we're missing all the advances from his 2016. Here he has to dress himself, drink coffee to wake up, and learn that not every avacado is fresh when you slice it open. What's worse is that everyone he's ever known no longer exists. But here he has a family that loves him, and a sister that didn't exist in his world. He finds love in an open-minded Penny who will drive him to prove his story is true.
We're taken on a journey with a man who's caught between the love of his family and his need to do the right thing. Not only does this book offer all the things we love about science fiction, but it drives you deep into an emotional well. Elan Mastai's unorthodox approach to story-telling is refreshing and something I will recommend to anyone.
One of Wall Street Journal’s Best of 2017
“Entertainingly mixes thrills and humor.”—Entertainment Weekly
“[An] amazing debut novel. . . . Dazzling and complex. . . . Fearlessly funny storytelling.”—The Washington Post