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The Chronocar begins in the present day where a college student, Tony Carpenter, constructs a time machine based on an article he discovers that was written by a black scientist almost a century earlier. After building the machine, Tony uses it to travel to the past, specifically 1919, a volatile year in American race relations. His goal is to encounter the scientist who conceptualized the very machine Tony created to traverse time.
But meeting his science idol will not be a simple affair for Tony. Time is tricky and cannot be manipulated without consequences as Tony will discover much to his dismay. The author's approach to time travel is very thoughtful. Just as much thought is given to the story's backgroud. The author renders a highly plausible early 20th century world, where everything from the broad sweep of Chicago down to soda preparation are described with enlightening detail. While Tony is the centerpiece of this tale, he shares relevant space with the man whose interest in time travel sets this temporal ball in motion: Dr. Simmie Johnson. The characters in The Chronocar are solid. The plot is brain twisting and at times fun, at times deeply sobering. Be prepared for some interesting twists.
The writing was superb for a young adult book (though I'm clearly enjoying it as a regular adult).
The story places the characters in the not-to-distant past which makes for an amazing backdrop for the story being told. The Summer of 1919 in Chicago is portrayed in a heartbreaking way, but it serves the narrative well. Don't for a second think that you'll know what happens next!
On top of it all, sci-fi fans will rejoice in the exploration of time travel and the supposed rules of the Chronocar. The author takes great lengths to make sure everything is cohesive and I am extremely appreciative of that.
I would have liked to see more passages dedicated to historical events around the time, but that might have detracted from the story (which is what's being told here - I can read about Chicago in the early 20th century in many other books).
It's a quick, great read that I would recommend to anyone looking to pick up something new and fresh.
Read it for the ending!
Nice plot twists and use of the dangers of changing the past.
Unusual use of race in the story make this unique and a must read for all time-travel fans.
Well done, highly recommended.