The One-Way Time Traveler Kindle Edition
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Recommended without reservation. As inventive narratives go, there's original, and then there's out of the box with an author introducing another dimension entirely which is exactly what DeMarco does with The One-Way Time Traveler. Dystopian fiction remains ever-popular and one of its key draws is the way it aims to examine society's problems and inequalities through a typically cataclysmic lens and here DeMarco's cautionary tale forces us to re-examine and ponder our own actions and place in the wider world as he ingeniously flips Margaret Atwood's The Handmaids Tale on its head.A highly original, entertaining and thought-provoking read.
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- File Size : 3804 KB
- Publication Date : June 12, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Artful Press (June 12, 2018)
- Print Length : 401 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07DPTNZLD
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #702,396 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The One-Way Time Traveler tries to imagine a world like that. Apparently a world like America in the late 19th century, judging by the technology and culture, but with women in charge and men as subservient. What a fascinating concept. Unfortunately the topsy-turvy world the author created was nothing close to how I imagined it. And that’s OK, people have differing visions, except that he ended up wasting the premise with poor execution. It’s one thing to imagine a different world, it’s quite another to squander the opportunity.
Let me explain.
If you read the cover blurb you know that astronaut J.J. Donegal, in a last ditch effort to survive an onboard spacecraft accident, froze himself with liquid nitrogen with the hopes that a future generation of scientists would be able to revive him. Indeed, in the future he is brought down to earth and revived. The world has radically changed—women are in positions of power, men are considered inferior. This is because women have evolved an ability to regenerate cells merely by thinking away cell degeneration. Astronaut Donegal was healed by this newly found ability that all women possess (in some degree or another.)
So if you were an astronaut that finds yourself miraculously alive centuries(?) after “dying” in space, what is your first order of business? Wouldn’t it be to find NASA, or it’s equivalent and report there and find out what has happened in the interim? You were brought down from outer space by people in the distant future. Don’t you want to find these people? Ah…no. He doesn’t do that. He doesn’t even try.
What does he do?
He wanders the countryside hooking up with women and teenage girls. This is the so-called “erotic” part of the novel. And yes, there are explicit scenes. Lots of them. Lots of sexual partners for Donegal. You see, women not only have evolved the ability to regenerate cells—everyone is beautiful and look to be in their late 20’s-- they have evolved a heightened sense of empathy. They can make sex REALLY GOOD. So, Donegal really wants to have sex—well except for the raping part and the denigration as a sex object. And there is a particular post-coital humiliation that he draws the line at. That he doesn’t like so much. But he doesn’t let these sorts of things dampen his quest for more partners.
How about trying to find out why the world has been turned upside down? Find out why the population has been decimated and people live in an agrarian, feudal type society with the technological level of the 1880’s? Where animals are revered and everyone is a vegan? OK, Donegal does try to learn some of this stuff. But history books have been deliberately destroyed because they were all about men and their evil lust for conquest. For example, there are no city or town names (like Jamestown, VA or Lincoln, NE) because they were named after men and that would objectify them and make them desirable to conquer.
This society is like a Berkeley professor of feminist studies dream!
If you read this book, and I don’t recommend it, wait until you find out how far into the future it’s taking place. How long it’s taken women to have evolved this ability to give anyone (and everyone, if they want) perfect health, the best sex, and even are able to project their memories into other people’s brains! How long for the complete upheaval of society. When the time duration is finally given it is a totally unrealistic time frame.
The cover blurb says that Donegal is on a quest to find out what happened to his wife Jill. He figures Jill must have left him a message somehow. Their love was so deep and devoted that she must have left him some sort of a love letter. So Donegal wanders the countryside bedding women in his quest to find his wife’s message. He also has some funny dreams about her.
But try to find NASA? Try to find some scientists? (Who surely must have resisted burning history books and the subjugation of the male gender.) Nope, inexplicably he’s not interested in that.
This book was full of potential. Too bad it bungled the execution so badly. Avoid.
He is rescued sometime in the future - about 300 years - to a very different earth. The world at first seems very peaceful, women rule everything, and there is no knowledge of anything happening in the past. Everything is about "today."
The story is about Donegal trying to find out what happened, why civilization changed so much, how he can adapt to this new world, and as the only living relic from a bygone age, can he change anything?
One warning - a few sections are highly erotic with sex between Donegal and some of the women he interacts with. I hope that doesn't turn anyone off since I think the book can lead to some interesting discussions on gender roles, nature versus nurture and is the world better if men or women are in charge.
Story was very interesting, but I think a bit naive and the ending a bit too sudden. But an interesting read nevertheless.
After suffering an accident in space that left his crewmates dead, Astronaut John Donegal makes the decision to "freeze" himself in hopes that-in the future-he can be rescued and revived. "In the future" was right as he maintained his frozen slumber for over three hundred years before future residents of Earth managed to capture his ever-orbiting space craft and revive him. He awoke to a vastly different earth, one in which there were no wars, no major health problems, the environment was stable and women had control...of everything. In nature, there always seem to be a tradeoff of sorts. Ying and Yang, light and dark, good and evil, the haves and the have nots. In John's changed reality, he...and all males...were one of the have nots. No education, no say so, no power to even change their circumstances, they were now the second-class citizens. Talk about role reversals! As John tries to acclimate himself to his new surroundings and situation, he is also seeking history of what went on during his absence, how the past shaped this present, and what became of his beloved wife, Jill. The answers he finds will surprise, delight and astound you and provide many thought-provoking moments.
Even though the plot seemed to skip a few times (I actually looked to see if I had missed reading a page or two), I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. Usually, scifi stories are quite far fetched but this one was disturbingly believable and greatly entertaining. I look forward to more from Tom DeMarco.
This book will not only intrigue people who lived through the past 35 years of fighting for equality, but should also be a lesson to younger readers.
Can we ever stop that pendulum that swings either one way or another, and just hold it in place in the middle?
There's no need to say anymore and spoil this unique tale for anyone. Give this a try... I don't think it will disappoint.