Title: All Our Wrong Todays
Author: Elan Mastai
Pub Date: February 7th, 2017
My Rating: ★★★★★
Synopis from Goodreads:
“A thrilling tale of time travel and alternate timelines with a refreshingly optimistic view of humanity’s future.”
—Andy Weir, New York Times bestselling author of The Martian
You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed . . . because it wasn’t necessary.
Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.
But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.
All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.
All Our Wong Todays is a book about time travel. I never was interested in books that feature time travel, it’s not something that excites me. I picked up this book not knowing what it’s about. And that’s good because I might have been discouraged if I knew before that it’s a time travel book. I might not decide to read it. But I read it, and I’m really glad I did. It’s freaking amazing! It’s mind blowing, and confusing, and entertaining, and funny, and though provoking. And so much more.
On the first pages of the book, Tom confesses that he just messed up the whole world, broke the time continuum and striped us from the utopian future of never ending clean energy with an immense technology development. He joined our life, our messed up the world where you have to drive a car that uses fuel and has to touch a road to move. The world where you have to open a door yourself, or prepare your own food, or buy new clothes. That all instead of all the doors opening when sensing you approaching them, food being always delicious and just what you want and need and prepared by machines, and clothing rebuilding itself when you sleep. The world where everything just looks like ancient times for him, because in his reality world went in completely different direction thanks to an amazing scientist who invented an engine that produces power using the constant movement of the Earth. This discovery jump started years of an amazing technological development. One of the inventions is time travel developed by Tom’s father. He succeeds, but because of various unfortunate events he cannot take pride in it. Tom is in a center of all the unfortunate events. It all leads to Tom travelling back in time and making a small mistake with huge repercussions that change the whole world. Tom comes back to 2016 when he’s name is John, and he’s architect. Ah, there is a lot going on, and there is no point in presenting it or trying to somehow present the basic without any spoilers. And there is nothing really basic about this story.
It’s a story that just blew my mind. I was amazed how the different versions of the world were presented based on the different actions taken by Tom on this one day in the past. And to see him try to correct his mistakes and prevent paradox with which universe won’t be able to cope. I was immersed in the story. I was curious what will happen, what decision Tom will make. The biggest question was: what decision Tom will make, which world he will choose to save and live in. I wasn’t really happy about the choice he made, but that doesn’t matter. I understood why he made this decision, I could understand his incentives.
It’s a fantastic book! Make sure to read it as soon as it’s released in February.