I always look at the best of lists for the different things I like to do: podcasts, reading, watching TV, movies, etc. So at the beginning of December as the Best Books of 2017 lists came out, I watched and added a ton to my Amazon Wish List (aka my books to check out queue). One of those books was All Our Wrong Todays.
I came in not knowing anything about this book besides the book jacket, and that was enough to hook me. I mean who wouldn't want to read this book, especially if you loved Back to the Future as a kid?
It's 2016, and in Tom Barren's world, technology has solved all of humanity's problems—there's no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocadoes. Unfortunately, Tom isn't happy. He's lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you're heartbroken and have a time machine? Something stupid.
Of course, I cut off some of the jacket text. But you get the point. This is a book that seems like it is going to be fun and deal with the butterfly effect of time travel. Those things are always fun, whether it's going back in time during World War II like the All Clear series, or going back to stop the Kennedy Assassination like in 1963, or just fun time travel like in Back to the Future. This was going to be a good book, or at least it had the potential to be.
So how was it? Damn good. It wasn't quite what I was expecting as it turned more into a character study of the main character and how his life ended up being different in the different times and how that impacted him. Or were the different versions of his life that much different at all? We follow the main author, Tom Barren, but we quickly meet his alter-ego in our present timeline, John Barren, and see just how different they are. This book spends the time to say why all while wondering how Tom is going to bring back what he initially thought was his utopia timeline.
While the science of time travel is discussed, I thought time travel was just the manner in which we were led through a journey for us to think about Tom himself, and what that means for our own personal character.
Quick Review: 5 out of 5 stars.