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- Print Length: 362 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1542396921
- Publication Date: January 5, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N5MS4AP
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'We're All Working Together' by Curtis Leon Fee is no exception, threaded throughout as it is with references to Bowie's lyrics, songs and characters (not to mention its title). The man himself is never an actual protagonist in the story and yet is somehow present in many scenes: a lost Gitanes packet, a forlorn ritual, a nearly-but-not-quite room in Berlin. His vanishing presence is an effective metaphor for the quest through Time which forms the central motif of the book. The discoveries made along the way might be said to throw an oblique light on some of Bowie's own real-life activities too - the book is full of little penny-drop moments. Although the plot is complex, explication rarely impedes the narrative. Its fast pace, in thriller-genre style with terse, soldierly vocabulary, makes it an addictive read.
Thankfully, the background details you need to grasp in order to understand the story are delivered in measured doses, avoiding information-dumps for the most part (often a shortcoming in science fiction). After the first couple of pages, I was genuinely intrigued and needed to discover more. Who is Professor Gletz and what has he done? What are the Loa? The Chronoversal Resource Group? What is Spider Team doing, weaving in and out of Time through hidden doors? I was drawn rapidly into a world beyond the end of the human civilisation - and back again, in and out, a world where humanity's one aim is to manage the terrible after-effects of 'the Fall'.
The author has plotted the narrative meticulously and addresses the problems of Time Travel intelligently - there's no fudging of the consequences of meddling with Time, and there are some intriguing ideas. I particularly liked the notion that certain areas of Time are so dense and influential that Time itself forms a kind of protection around them to keep them in place. (Readers will be glad to know that the 1970s are definitely protected by Gravitas and not to be tampered with.)
But the story avoids any overdose of hi-tech shine, swishing Star Trek doors and pseudo-science. There are moments of real pathos and nostalgia in this future/past - I'm thinking, just as one example, of a scene where a trooper, after digging in the ruins of a London coffee shop, finds an ancient bag of coffee beans and is able to brew a simple cup of coffee for his comrades. Only the survivors of Old London understand the meaning of its taste. That sense of loss feels real, an underlying resonance throughout the story. And although it's not a quest for Bowie himself, his absence but oh-so-near presence adds another tang to the characters' mourning for their lost civilisation.
I also appreciate the way the story portrays the strain and fatigue of slipping back and forth in Time. The characters struggle with fractured personal Timelines and the complexities of Time Loops. They have a vivid grasp of the inevitability of their own deaths, a consequence of being able to access many points along the story of humanity. That in itself would mess with your head. I must also confess a bias: the fact that the members of Spider Team all have names like Bowie, Ziggy or Aladdin immediately made me want to know them better. I was prepared to follow them anywhere. I might just have to read it again.