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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 48 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: December 23, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RC41I76
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Many of the standard time travel paradoxes apply but they are used with interesting effect by the author. And my favorite part is that the story's hero uses them in an interesting way to resolve his problem.
I enjoy time travel stories and, in particular, new (to me) observations, implications and possibilities. Brett Battles has delivered on all these in “Rewinder” while also providing a very enjoyable central character and story.
Rewinder is a new direction from other books from Brett Battles; definitely not a Jonathan Quinn or Project Eden book. I've enjoyed his earlier books, and I really enjoyed this new one as well. I ended up devouring it in a single day.
Up to the point where the bizarre relationship between Denny and his to-be girlfriend, Izzy (real name Pamela) has settled, the book went downhill and the time travel paradoxes intertwined and became too convoluted to understand. Also, the excitement seemed gone. And why would a fellow time traveler by the end of the book, who hated being called into the Institute (the one that regulates time travel) unwittingly be suddenly eager to imprison herself once more and oppose Denny? That point did not make sense to me.
The book is based on the premise that without being independent, America would not have caused the world to advance as it did, and the British class system would have remained strong, and it is a viable premise. For example, even in the same year side by side, the world had not yet sent a man to the moon. That was fascinating.
Unfortunately, after the midpoint, the time travel paradoxes got in the way and were not satisfactorily explained. For example, the Institute would have ceased to exist once Denny altered the future. I understand there were already time travellers from the Institute already exploring history prior to the point in the past that Denny altered the future, but it wasn't satisfactorily explained how they knew what happened in the future without being altered themselves.
The buzz around the beginning of this book was incredible. If the author could re-tool the second half to make more sense, and maintain its gripping narrative, this book would be much more highly ranked.
Yet, the novel kept my interest. At least until the time travel got too confusing. And it does get confusing -- worse than Doctor Who. If you thought Back to the Future Part II was bad, you will not like this novel. Even I lost track, and I love time travel. At one point there are, like, five of the main character in a given location in time, half of them are there to revoke mistakes the other made. Couldn't keep it straight. And rather than try to figure it out, I just stopped caring. The main character's personality is just a little too dry for me to stay invested in (he conveniently falls in love within two days time).