Big, fat behemoth of a book about one man’s quest to travel back in time and change key events. The title is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, Jake Epping/George Amberson goes back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. However, the book felt bigger than that. Though the entire story leads up to this moment, there are deeper things at play. The narrator, in essence, attempts to prevent three different things from happening. The middle one was unnecessary in my opinion. When he recollects what went down at the end of the book I couldn’t even remember why he’d been focused on stopping that particular event.
There are a lot of fun concepts to think about here. Things do not always tie together and I was going to get into that in my review but then I remembered this is a time travel book! If you’re looking for flawless logic, probably not the optimal choice. It’s a fun, engaging read with sympathetic characters who don’t always do the right thing and can frustrate at times, which makes them very real. I did get incredibly sick of the phrase “the past is obdurate” which is used approximately 1.5 million times. It was like, yes, we get it! The ending seemed a bit obvious but, overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this humungous book. Just good, plotty fiction.