All Our Wrong Todays
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“Entertainingly mixes thrills and humor.”—Entertainment Weekly
“[An] amazing debut novel...Dazzling and complex...Fearlessly funny storytelling.”—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
A Skimm Reads Selection
You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed...because it wasn’t necessary.
Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.
But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and—maybe, just maybe—his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.
All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.
From Publishers Weekly
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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.