All Our Wrong Todays
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One of Wall Street Journal’s Best of 2017
“Entertainingly mixes thrills and humor.”—Entertainment Weekly
“[An] amazing debut novel. . . . Dazzling and complex. . . . Fearlessly funny storytelling.”—The Washington Post
“Instantly engaging. . . . A timeless, if mind-bending, story about the journeys we take, populated by friends, family, lovers, and others, that show us who we might be, could be—and maybe never should be—that eventually leads us to who we are.”—USA Today
Elan Mastai's acclaimed debut novel is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms.
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.
Finding himself stranded in a terrible alternate reality—which we immediately recognize as our 2016—Tom is desperate to fix his mistake and go home. Right up until the moment he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and the woman who may just be the love of his life.
Now Tom faces an impossible choice. Go back to his perfect but loveless life. Or stay in our messy reality with a soulmate by his side. His search for the answer takes him across continents and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.
Filled with humor and heart and packed with insight, intelligence, and mind-bending invention, All Our Wrong Todays is a powerful and moving story of life, loss, and love.
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Interesting View on Time Travel
2.5 stars. All Our Wrong Todays is the first book by Elan Mastai so I wasn't sure what to expect. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. This is a story of science, time travel, family, and how even the slightest thing can have a huge impact even if it wasn't intentional.
Based on the description, I was looking forward to reading this book. And there are some readers who will love the book. But for me, it was very challenging and confusing to read for the most part. I found myself either having to re-read huge sections because I couldn't figure out what was going on or skipping ahead in hopes it would start to make more sense. I did manage to stick with it to the end, for which I am glad I did. It was only the last couple of chapters that made the book worth finishing.
At times it seemed more like reading a textbook. Some readers will enjoy all of the technical aspects, though most will probably feel lost. I am left-brained and usually enjoy it, but not this time. The author did help making a few parts of the book less confusing by including several summary chapters.
Will I read future books by this author? I probably will, as I usually give an author a couple of chances. But it won't be with the high expectation I had starting this book.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher Dutton and chose to leave a review for other readers.
All Our Wrong Todays
I love time travel novels so I have read a few. This is one of the more interesting and well thought out story lines that I can recall. Interesting characters intertwined with overlapping scenarios can get confusing but Elan Mastsi keeps you from losing the story line or your interest in it. During the 2nd half of the story there were passages that made me gasp aloud and bring my hands to my face in disbelief, to the wonder of those nearby. I just smiled and said "I can't put this book down". I read this as an electronic book but I'm going to purchase a hard copy for my bookshelf. It's the greatest compliment that I can give to this well deserved author. Thank you Elan for a great story.
I really wasn't sure I would be interested in reading about time travel, as I'm not much of a sci-fi fan, but this book was about so much more than time travel: discovering who we are, our purpose in life, love, loss, grief, and, of course, science.
I found all the characters to be so beautifully developed, and the story so believable, that I could not put this book down.
So well done for a first time author! I have found a new writer to follow. That, I find, is the wonderful outcome after reading this wonderful book.