The Psychology of Time Travel
by Kate Mascarenhas
What is it about:
In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.
Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?
What did we think of it:
As some of you might know I'm a sucker for time travel stories, so when Gilbert saw this book he immediately thought of me. The only problem with time travel stories is that a lot of them have ridiculous and unbelievable time travel theories.
In this book the time travel theory used was very interesting and even though not possible it worked really well for the story. We were able to suspend disbelief in favor for the story.
Even though set in this world the time travel makes this story an alternate history and next to it being a thriller it also explores what it would do to people if they are able to time travel and go back and forth along their own timeline.
There are multiple viewpoint characters and as the story unfolds it becomes clear what all of them have got to do with each other. That some of these people can time travel makes the story intricate and intriguing. Who is the dead woman? Can events be changed by time travel? I was on the edge of my seat to find out what was going on and if my favorite characters would get a happy ending.
Overall this is a really cool and satisfying story. You bet we'll read more by Mascarenhas in the future.
Why should you read it:
It's a really cool and intriguing time travel thriller.