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What would you do if you suddenly found yourself twenty-five years in the past? For the nine-billion people of the year 2042 it's no longer a question ... it is a reality

When a seemingly simple experiment goes disastrously wrong, James Baston finds himself stranded alongside the rest of mankind, twenty-five years in the past. A past where the old are once...more
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 242 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Paul Jones
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
This is a good book. The beginning was excellent and the characters were fascinating. The beginning starts with James Baston kind of reflecting on his life. He is a bestselling author and he's writing his autobiography. You know there is more to the man than meets the eye and you soon find out. The other characters include Father Jacob (or is it Joseph..hehe), and a crazy-ass serial killer. Then there are the scientists. Oh boy scientists sure can cause problems (as well as create incredible sol...more
Kat
Towards Yesterday is a PA book with a twist – time travel.
Imagine your life now, your relationships, your job, your life. Now, imagine you are suddenly thrown back 25 years, retaining all your knowledge and memories, but you’re 25 years younger. People that have died in the last 25 years are alive again, people born in the last 25 years no longer exist.
James Bastion is writing his memoirs on New Year’s Eve, when he is suddenly thrust 25 years into the past. The world is understandably thrown int...more
Gertie
This was a interesting book, and a lot of fun to read. The concept of everyone on the planet slipping back into time 25 years (even if they had died in the original timeline) is a fascinating idea, with the potential for many entertaining details and sub-plots.

This book could have been longer, and I rather wish that it had been. There were various things I kept wondering about as I was reading, that fell outside of the scope of the main characters and their direct crisis. Nonetheless I would hav...more
Amy
Imagine if everyone on earth time traveled without warning 25 years into their own past. Where would you find yourself? In a classroom or job long-forgotten? In a body more agile? Who in your life would not yet exist and who long-dead would suddenly be alive again? Would it be a blessing or a curse? This is the premise that Jones explores in Towards Yesterday.

I found this book to be extremely intriguing and found it to fill the niche left behind by the cancellation of the Flashforward televisio...more
Pat Whitaker
In a world sinking into a morass of indifferent Fantasy, leavened only by the occasional Space Opera, it is a huge relief to read some 'proper' science fiction. You, know, fiction based on science.

Paul Jones' Towards Yesterday is unashamedly old school. The plot is well-paced and compelling, the science convincing, and the questions posed - both social and personal - leave the reader with plenty to ponder. I did take issue with the idea that Dirac's radio avoids the causal loop, based on the pre...more
Felicia A
I would actually rate this book 4.5 stars. Very well written and engaging novel of time travel of a sort. Not time travel in a science fictiony kind of way, but through a scientific experiment that goes horribly wrong.

Can you imagine being sent back in time to a much earlier phase of your life, but still retain all of the life experiences and knowledge that you have gained throughout all your years of living? It's a hard concept to wrap your brain around. HUGE. People that were in the present ti...more
David P Forsyth
Just when I thought that all forms of time travel and apocalyptic fiction had been at least partially explored, I discovered Towards Yesterday. This original and engaging approach to alternate history is groundbreaking in its perspective by transporting the mind of the characters and readers through a creative time warp that bypasses the traditional paradox of time travel by exploiting the vast potential of the newly proposed realms of quantum physics. Paul Jones clearly has a mind ahead of his...more
William Vitka
'Towards Yesterday' is a wonderful throw back to -- as another reviewer put it -- the days when Science Fiction was actually based to some degree on Science.

Jones' writing style is clean and clear and enjoyable. His characters are strong. And the plot is always moving forward.

This is one of the few books I've read recently where I found myself totally immersed (so immersed, in fact, that I regularly missed my stop on the subway while reading).
Shawn Davis
A scientific experiment gone wrong, and everyone has gone back in time. Those who died have been brought back, those who have aged are young again. But the apocalypse might happen more than once...

Toward Yesterday was a fun read, and a very well done story. The concept, and Jones' execution of the story is unique and the cast of characters he chooses were not hackneyed cliches.

I was particularly attracted to the character Rebecca, although she is not the main character. Through her story, Jones...more
Pete
The trial of an experimental military communications device causes a time slip with disastrous consequences for millions of humans who are taken back twenty-five years in time.

I did not enjoy this book for three main reasons.

Firstly, poor mechanics: The story was overwritten, especially during the action scenes where the pacing slows to a crawl because of the mass of details and adjectives. The point of view switched around anytime more than one character was present, Large chunks of back story...more
Mari Stroud
Jones writes one of the most original apocalypses that I've ever read. The kind of devastation that would be wrought by everyone slamming back into their past bodies (and everyone who had been born between those two points just disappearing) would be immense. Nearly unimaginable, frankly, but Jones does a great job of painting a world on the verge of completely unraveling. So good a job that I wanted him to spend a little more time taking the world apart rather than putting it back together, but...more
Steven Konkoly
This is a hidden gem that would be a pure shame to miss. Toward Yesterday is an apocalyptic, science fiction thriller, that kept me sneaking away to read my Kindle for the entire Memorial Day weekend. Engrossing, thought-provoking, filled with lasting, vivid imagery...the story gripped me early, and didn't let go. Based around a future scientific/military experiment gone terribly awry (apocalyptic level destruction and death toll), the story ties together several strangers, as their post "event"...more
Sift Book Reviews
Towards Yesterday is by far the best time travel story I've ever read. Well now that I think about it, it might actually be the only one that I've *read*, so let me try this again. Towards Yesterday is the best time travel story that I can remember coming across in any medium -- book, movie, tv show, or video game. I think the secret sauce to the premise in this story is that everyone goes back in time, not just one person or a few. Because of this, there is none of the cliché "oh no, we've chan...more
Caron Rider
Towards Yesterday gives an original spin on the old saying “If I only knew then, what I know now.” I genuinely liked the concept of the story, slipping back in time physically but not mentally…people who had died, reappearing, adults becoming children again, etc. Jones gives us some excellent imagery that had this reader cringing a time or two. The science element was VERY intriguing to me and engrossing but not so over the top that lay people can’t easily understand the concepts. And what conce...more
Lavonne
A time travel story with a unique premise. Most time travel novels send one or two people into the future or the past. This novel shows what might happen if the whole world were reset back 25 years into the past. It was interesting to read about and started some discussions about what you might change if you could go back in time, with the acquired wisdom and experiences still in tact. What a great deal - younger body, less aches and pains, but all the things you've struggled through behind you!...more
Jorge
Classic Science Fiction

I "met" Paul Jones through twitter. When I heard that he had just published a Sci-Fi novel through Kindle, I decided to download it.

From the first page, I was hooked on the story. I especially liked the serial killer. There's not a lot of serial killers in Sci-fi.

This is a time travel story somewhat reminiscent of a TV series "The Event" but unlike that series, this story hangs on to its story and doesn't have plot twists just for the sake of it.

In my humble opinion, Paul...more
John Pansini
Book starts out slow. It takes awhile to build momentum, but when it does, it really moves. Well written. The author shows a literary flair not often found in genre novels. Intriguing ending. Good plotline, good story overall.
Pumpkinkingthe
Having enjoyed Paul Anthony Jones' Extinction Point greatly, I came to this with high hopes. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The premise was highly interesting, with everyone moving back in time, instead of the overdone theme of one or two people moving back in time, but it wasn't dealt with as the serious drama I had hoped for. No soul-searching or meaning-of-life thought. No time spent working to put society back together after such a cataclysmic event. Instead, all that was shoved aside wi...more
Debbie
Science experiments gone wrong is not a new notion for fiction, but this book portrays time travel gone wrong in a fashion that I haven't seen previously explored. Since the experiment that wrecked such havoc was not an attempt at time travel, maybe a little knowledge really is a dangerous thing, in some cases. It certainly was true in this story. Resetting both the planet and the population backwards by 25 years, in the space of a heartbeat, is a fascinating and terrifying idea.

There is actual...more
Marty Essen
Over the years, I’ve read many time travel books and have enjoyed most of them. One of the reasons for this is that the subject requires a lot of creativity. In this instance, Paul Antony Jones definitely met the creativity criteria.

The fact that Jones sent an entire world back in time, with human memories intact, had to have made writing this story a challenge. Would babies be able to talk? Which leaders—current or past—would be in charge? What about animals, food distribution, jobs, ownership...more
Bookphile
It started out strong, began to crash and burn in the middle, and then fizzled out in the end. More complete review to follow.

Full review:

When I first started reading Towards Yesterday, I was hooked. I found myself devouring it on my Kindle for Android app, which is really saying something because I pretty much hate reading on my phone. I loved how unique the characters seemed, how real and authentic their voices were. So imagine my surprise when the rest of the novel failed to follow the same d...more
Gerold Whittaker
I found the first seven chapters very disjointed - each starting with a new character (excepting Chapter 4), and with no apparent connection between them. From about Chapter 7 onwards however, it all starts to come into place as the connection between the characters unfold.

What do a scientist turned author, a serial killer / truck driver and a priest have in common? Well nothing apparently - that is until a science experiment causes the clock to turn back 25 years in an event which will be becom...more
John
This is an excellent book, even though it turned out a little differently than what I was expecting after reading the summary. Knowing that the story would propel our characters 25 years into the past, I started to imagine all of the things that I would change for the better in my life if I had a 25-year redo. But this story takes a much different turn by creating a kind of apocoplyptic world caused when people suddenly find themselves behind the wheel of a speeding car or airplane and unable to...more
Scot
This book was okay. I thought it had a premise with wonderful potential: during a time warp triggered by scientific experimentation, "the Slip" occurs--a massive jump back in times, 25 years, for millions around the planet. If you are too young, you're obliterated, as all return to the physical bodies they had 25 years ago--but with their current consciousness. Oh yes, another great touch--those who died in the interim get to come back, too...

A large portion of the book deals with the chaos that...more
Randy Harmelink
Overall, I liked the book, but one that that bothered me is its schizophrenic nature. When it starts out, it seems like it is going to be a story about the characters, but it ends up being more about the science fiction. I did enjoy both aspects, but it felt like I read two separate books.

Not quite what I was expecting, given the "What would you do if you had the chance to undo all your mistakes?" question at the top of the description of the book. That's really only lightly touched upon, since...more
bsii
It's not a good thing when you're writing the review in your head while still reading the book. I had a lot more to say than that, but that pretty much sums it up.

I'll add that it's not a good thing when, instead of actually finishing the last ten percent of the book I'm already writing the review, and when the draft is lost due to an android app switch, I come right back to write a short review instead of taking that as a sign, that's not a good thing.

I think my favorite idea from the origina...more
YouKneeK
I really enjoyed this book. The premise was an appealing one – a scientific experiment involving tachyons accidentally causes everybody in the world to jump back to where they were 25 years ago. They’re in their 25-year-younger bodies, but they still retain all of their memories. People who died during those 25 years are alive again. Who hasn’t had the occasional wish to go back in time and relive their life, but only if they could take their current knowledge with them and use it to make differ...more
Vicky
New Year's, 2042. The world is going about its business, when an experiment with the aim of improving military communication goes horribly wrong and everything changes. Everyone is sent 25 years into the past, into their body as it existed in 2017. Adults become children again (while retaining all of their adult knowledge). Children and young adults who didn't yet exist in 2017 simply disappear. And perhaps strangest of all, those who died during the interim are brought back to life (or to use t...more
Barbara Brien
First: I liked the author's writing style and I liked the subject matter.

Second: I respect anyone who can start from point A and make it all the way through point Z; writing is hard.

Third: I felt the book was a little disjointed, and the narrative jumped from place to place. The book did not seem to know whether it wanted to be sci-fi or horror. Several times I was reminded of Dean Koontz, as his work tends to straddle the sci-fi/horror line, but still falls pretty well in the horror genre. I t...more
Amy
A light read that only misses out on five stars for two reasons: there should be sequels and the ending was unsatisfactory and felt rushed. An excellent premise based on the idea of time travel with believable and engaging characters. I've read the other works by the author and you can tell this was an earlier work and how he's improved over time and experience, this does not make this book any less fun to read. Recommend for sci fi fans.
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I’ve been a writer for well over 25 years, now; as a journalist, short-story writer and freelance copywriter. I can now add author to that list.

In May of 2011 I released Towards Yesterday, my first novel. I’ve also released a compilation of short stories (Dangerous Places) and, my most recent project, the first book in a new series, the post-apocalyptic adventure Extinction Point.

I’m currently wor...more
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