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The Ministry of Time: A Novel By Kaliane Bradley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668045145
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024

A masterpiece. Standing ovation. Maximum stars. There’s a bit of something for every reader in here: romance, time travel, arctic exploration, mixed-race representation, a scathing critique of British colonialism… okay those were all specifically for me, but I promise they will be for you too! A strong contender for best read of 2024 and something to feverishly text, phone, or write tear-stained letters to your friends about.


Review by Jess

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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel By Charles Yu Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307739452
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2011

"Most people I know live their lives moving in a constant forward direction, the whole time looking backward." In this book, a time travel machine technician goes between universes saving people from (ab)using time travel in their efforts to fix their disappointing lives. When he's not doing that, he's searching for his missing father, who disappeared after inventing time travel. Within this strange and mind-bending plot, Yu addresses some of life's most philosophical questions. Is time a forward trajectory? Do regret and nostalgia serve us? How do we reconcile with the ache of a parent's lost dream? This book is an unconventional but beautiful tribute from a son to his father, and calls on us to reimagine the way we think about time.

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For All Time By Shanna Miles Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534485976
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

WOW! This blew my mind. This story is so unexpected, I literally didn't know what was going to happen until it did. If you crave conceptual time travel narratives along the lines of This is How You Lose the Time War, please, please, read For All Time.
Tamar and Fayard suddenly begin having strange dreams and visions, set in different centuries and places. It's as if they spent other lives meeting and falling in love, as if their souls seek each other in every era and continent. But it couldn't possibly be real because Tamar is really sick and Fayard should be figuring out college. 

There's so much to this story and I wish I could tell you more, but then I'd spoil it for you.

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This Is How You Lose the Time War By Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534430990
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

This is a blossoming romance set among the rubble of incomprehensible destruction. This is not Doctor Who fan-fiction, nor is it the concrete, expository science fiction we're used to. This is for the dreamers who want to look through broken windows into another reality.

Review by Kitri

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An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel By Thea Lim Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501192562
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Published: Gallery Books - June 4th, 2019

When you venture into the pages of a time-traveling, plague-ridden dystopian nightmare, you come to expect a visceral exploration of what it takes to survive in an unforgivable world. 

What you don't expect is to become deeply invested in the love story that unfolds in flashbacks and written so intimately that it almost feels like intruding.

Review by Sarah C.

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Version Control: A Novel By Dexter Palmer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307950352
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Published: Vintage - January 10th, 2017

 We've all read books about the very real dangers of exploitation and radicalization online and in technology whose bottom line is an unrealistic neo-Luddism. Dexter Palmer's Version Control is antithesis of those books: it braids together surveillance capitalism, dating apps, time travel, and an intimate, often sad portrait of a marriage together into a powerful exploration of possibility and truth. It's funny and sharp, and I loved every page.

Review by Christina

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All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel By Elan Mastai Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101985151
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Published: Dutton - February 20th, 2018

Tom Barren is a screw-up. He knows this because he's lived two difference lives in 2016 and he's incompetent in both. In fact, if he hadn't tolen his father's time machine and traveled back to 1965, we would all be driving hover cars and wearing biodegradable clothing. Instead, he corrupted the timeline, killed billion of people and caused the utopian version of 2016 to never exist.

He did, however,  create a new loving family for himself and discover his soulmate. Now the Tom's of ever possible today must decide which yesterday to save and which tomorrow they'll create.

Review by Deborah