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When Nigel Walden is fourteen, the unhappenings begin. His first girlfriend disappears the day after their first kiss with no indication she ever existed. This retroactive change is the first of many only he seems to notice.

Several years later, when Nigel is visited by two people from his future, he hopes they can explain why the past keeps rewriting itself around him. But
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Paperback, 370 pages
Published January 8th 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Edward Aubry If you are asking me, probably PG-13. There is one f-bomb I can think of off the top of my head, but very little else in the way of foul language. No…moreIf you are asking me, probably PG-13. There is one f-bomb I can think of off the top of my head, but very little else in the way of foul language. No explicit sex at all. Some violence, but only toward the end. If anyone who read it has a different opinion, by all means, chime in!(less)

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Ben Alderson
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
ALSO FINISHED THIS AND OMG OMG OMG yet another amazing time travel novel!
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
Wow.

I'm still reeling from the book. I read it in a one-day marathon, taking a few moments to load the dishwasher and blow some bubbles with the kids....other than that, I sat on my arse captivated by this book.

It is superbly written. The author has amazing writings skills. The story is exciting, heartbreaking, mysterious, melancholy. Though very different from Time Traveler's Wife (it's been a LOOONNG time since I read it), it gives me all the same feels as that one did.

The book will not
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Dianne
Some tales plunge readers in headfirst, BAM, you are there, some allow you to enter the deep zone gradually, almost creeping up on you and giving you that final shove until you are lost to reality.

Unhappenings by Edward Aubry is THAT kind of book. I dont even know when it happened, but I am glad it never unhappened for me.
Nigel was your average boy at school, not a stand out, not a trouble maker, he just kind of was. Until the day things that he KNEW had happened began to unhappen and he was
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Karissa Ann
A story is only as good as its villain. A universal truth of fiction. To say I was disappointed with this book would be an understatement. The plot was fantastic at first. As cliche as time travel has become, this premise was surprising and sustained my interest. However, the characters were completely flat and one dimensional, especially the villain. I felt no emotion toward any of the players. The writing was as if I were reading a synopsis the entire time. Big plot points would occur, such as ...more
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.)

3.5 stars, rounded to 4. I quite enjoyed it overall.

This novel is a tale of choices gone wrong, of moments that could've been but had to be sacrificed, of events that still left a sad taste even though they weren't that bad at first sight. It's a tale of time travellers that are doomed to meet each other coming from different directions, one gradually gaining insight he wouldn't have had if the other hadn't allowed him to grasp
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Kal ★ Reader Voracious
"...I became aware of the non-deterministic nature of the universe, and that the past is every bit as flexible as the future."
I love well written time travel fiction; there is just something about it that tickles my brain in a way that is incredibly entertaining. I recently endured a five day reading slump and needed something to lift me out of it, and UnHappenings managed to bring me out of my existential crisis!

Meet Nigel, who since he was fourteen years old has been plagued by
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Scott Spotson
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
When I began reading this book, I was excited. Excited by the freshness of the topic, by the alternate reality this book presented. Excited by the clear and concise explanations of time travel paradoxes (for the record, the grandfather effect in this book resets everything to zero starting with the new changes, in effect, the universe doesn't care about the paradox!).

However, short chapter after short chapter, the book wore me out with its repetition, and I finished halfway. I skipped to the
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Jenny
May 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book really annoyed me! It has a compelling premise, but the writing style bugged me from page one. The main problem I had is that the entire narrative was telling, not showing. First-person pseudo-omniscient narratives can mask a lot of shallow character development, but when whole swathes of someone's formative years are summed up with "in retrospect I realized that it was during those years that I became emo and withdrawn"... I mean, you really gotta try harder than that.

Each chapter was
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Hope Erica
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meet Nigel. Life has been going wrong from him as long as he can remember...except that he can also remember when it DIDN'T. Every good think that happens to Nigel, however, seems to be undone--not the way a glass is broken, but far more sinisterly, UNHAPPENED. Somehow the world keeps changing for the worse, and only Nigel remembers that it was not always that way.

With a unique take on time travel, destiny, and personal responsibility, _Unhappenings_ grips you tight and refuses to let you go.
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Sami C
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was very convoluted. I've had my fair share of time travel stories, but this one takes the cake for being the most confusing. I could go back and reread the possible explanations for Nigel's aging, the tools for time travel, Athena, Carlton, the ending...but the book wasn't even gripping. I wouldn't waste my time again.
Tiffany
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
-I wanted to like this book, but I couldn't get attached to any characters.
-Over a hundred chapters and all the back and forth were somewhat annoying.
-The ending just...ended so quickly. All those years and build up, and the ending was so quick.
SpookySoto
Rating: 4.5/5, I loved it 😍
2019s ATY in 52 books challenge 52. A book with a weird or intriguing title

I love time travel stories but its been a while since Ive read one I loved. This story had everything I was looking for, the time travel isnt a gimmick or a plot device to tell another story, is its center, the main plot.

The novel has a love story but its not corny and it doesnt become the only aspect of it. The pace is wonderful, the story is very well executed, very detailed, the characters
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Esther
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
For a topic as worn-out as time travel, it's hard to find an original take that doesn't immediately evoke thoughts of classics in the 'time travel genre', if there is such a thing. This book manages to add some new colour to a well-known palet, skirt most of the clichés, and where it does touch upon them, get away with it in a way that is -- well, sort of endearing, really. I had a lot of sympathy for this book.

Main character Nigel is someone who has pulled back from people because the events
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Robyn Latta
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I may finished reading, no devouring, this book and I loved it. It reminds me of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August in a distant way. It's incredibly well written and the author did an excellent job of creating world upon world upon world, even if they only lasted moments before unhappening. The book/story really delve into time travel so it can get a little hard to follow at times, but not because the story itself is complex, only because time travel is inherently a tricky topic with ...more
Fatima
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is unlike anything I've ever read before, I'm still reeling from it. I was captivated by this book before I even started it - the premise of it sounded so intriguing (I've been really into books about time travel lately, and I do not mind it one bit), and the cover is absolutely gorgeous. The main thing that drew me into this book, however, is Edward Aubry's response when he was asked what inspired him to write the book/the idea behind it. He said that the idea for this story was a ...more
Owen
Through the first 50% of this book, I was convinced this was going to be one of the few books I would give 5 stars to. The final 50% was closer to 3 stars, and the ending was lower than that. I averaged this to a 4 star, even though it's more uneven of a book than most books I give 4 star ratings to. However, the fact that this book keeps playing over and over in my mind makes me think it is deserving of that rating.

I'm generally not a huge fan of time travel stories; the ideas of paradox and
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Marlene Moss
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I said that several times reading this book and then several more times after I finished it. Not sure I could have said anything else without sounding like a babbling idiot.

I rarely give 5 stars to YA or adult books. Five stars is usually reserved for Maggie Stiefvater, an author who writes emotion like no other. But UnHappenings gets 5 stars from me and I'd go higher if Goodreads and Amazon would let me. In case you can't tell, I think this book was spectacular.

Now, I'm a huge fan of
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Jodi Perkins
UnHappenings was compelling as all get-out. I spent the entire novel either gripped by the incredibly intriguing story line or feeling heartbroken for the protagonist, Nigel, over his every tiny joy in life being sabotaged.

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Charlotte Jones
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All of these opinions are purely my own.

The concept of this novel drew me in from the beginning; unhappenings, or events that undo themselves without anyone noticing, happen all the time in Nigel's life with him being the only one that realises. Part love story, part science fiction, this extraordinary book is something that will keep you gripped to the last page. The chapters are extremely short, sometimes only a single
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4 Stars!

This book intrigued me. In a world where time travel is possible, Niguel realizes that he is not normal at a young age. Things start unhappening. Things disappear, friendships forgotten.


When I got home, I discovered that I had a cat. At first I though she was an intruder, but a quick check of the bathroom and cupboard revealed litter box and cat food.

Its not until after he starts college at MIT that he meets Penelope.

She introduces him to time travel and implants a device in his arm.
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Amy Bearce
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unhappenings by Edward Aubry is a fresh approach to the time travel genre that I enjoyed and read in two days. The story is told in first person POV, by a clearly flawed but engaging narrator who speaks directly to the reader in a style that reminded me somewhat of the short stories of Edgar Allen Poe, complete with a similar darkness. I stayed engaged with the story even when the science parts slowed a bit or eclipsed my full understanding. I was in it for the relationships more than the ...more
Holly
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. More people need to know about this book. What a story! Though this book's subject, time travel, is overly written about, this story has such an original spin on it. I honestly was hooked about a half a page in. It was a bit in depth and hard to follow at times, but if I found myself not understanding something, it would be explained better a chapter or two later. It is written to be in the future, but for me the setting is timeless. Without the constant mention of the year, or the ...more
Nancy
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: time-travel
Time travel books are so difficult to get right simply because the logic rarely adds up, but this book was exceptional. I think my favourite line, addressing the 'grandfather paradox' (and which pretty much summed up how well the story hung together) was "If a man travels back in time and murders his grandfather, thus preventing his own birth, the universe simply carries on with the grandfather dead, the time traveler forever unborn, and it does so without a care in the world as to how that ...more
Dave Lynch
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book - reminiscent of Time Traveller's Wife (the book not the movie). Except bleaker at some points and more technologically sound in the premise.

Loved this book and it opened up time travel as a sub genre in Sci-Fi that I never knew existed.

Highly recommended.
Helen
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars!

This book is the best I've read (or listened to) for a long time. Put your thinking caps on for this one! Although I didn't find this hard to follow, I also didn't find it a book that I could coast along listening to (I had the audiobook version). It is complicated. There are a lot of dates and concepts to remember, and conversations that happen that don't make sense until much later in the book. The time travel theory was different to any I've come across in literature before, but
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Mathew
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Given the average review and the subject matter, I really expected to enjoy this more.

The first problem is that the prose is so workmanlike that it might leave sawdust and discarded screws on your floor. The characters are sketched out briefly, but the world of the 22nd Century is more or less omitted apart from occasional comments about computers having wood cases and voice interfaces. What is Cambridge, Massachusetts like in the 22nd Century? Apparently pretty much like Cambridge,
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Hali
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"So much weighed on me at that moment, but nothing as severely as the fact that I had just lied to myself, repeatedly. Nothing, that is, but the certainty that while I was lying to myself, myself had been lying to me."
Going in, I knew this book involved time, and time travel, and I knew little else. I didn't need more. I was fully engaged from the opening sentence.

So much was juggled to make this book an enjoyable read about time constantly and sometimes drastically changing, all while still
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Maureen
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 rounded down to 3. Jeesh, I feel kind of guilty when I do that. There were a couple of things that I didn't love, the shortness of the chapters, and, well I guess it would be a lack of description? It felt like a dialogue when it wasn't even? I did find the take on time travel to be pretty interesting, until the driving force of the plot was revealed and then, well, it was depressing. It was a bit like revisiting my youth though, when I was so engaged by science fiction and found many ...more
Jim
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Casia Courtier
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
UnHappenings is a science fiction romance by Edward Aubry. It is published through Curiosity Quills Press and is released January 8.

One science fiction subgenre I love is time travel. I'm a Whovian and I love reading fiction that has time travel in it. The concept that we can change our past and the future is amazing. It is also highly dangerous.

The first thing I did once I booted up UnHappenings was to looked at the table of contents. I proceeded to freak out. The book is one hundred and
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Edward Aubry is a graduate of Wesleyan University, with a degree in music composition. Improbably, this preceded a career as a teacher of high school mathematics and creative writing. He now lives in rural Pennsylvania with his wife and three spectacular daughters, where he fills his non-teaching hours spinning tales of time-travel, wise-cracking pixies, and an assortment of other impossible ...more

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“a man travels back in time and murders his grandfather, thus preventing his own birth, the universe simply carries on with the grandfather dead, the time traveler forever unborn, and it does so without a care in the world as to how that murder was possible in the first place. No one will ever be aware that history has changed, and no one will ever be aware that he was supposed to have offspring, and grand-offspring. No one, that is, except the time traveler. That person, who should now never have existed, continues to exist anyway. And again, the universe just shrugs it off, insisting—and rightly so—that it owes no one any explanation for its conduct.” 2 likes
“Okay, I can answer that one. It’s a cognitive dissonance side effect of the jump field. No one expects people to materialize out of thin air, or disappear into it, so when they see it happen, their brains adjust to believe that we must have already been there. The effect is more dramatic for backward travel than forward travel, by two orders of magnitude. And it doesn’t work on anyone who is expecting you, or anyone who is staring at the exact spot where you materialize. There are also a few people who aren’t affected at all, but it’s something like one hundredth of a percent of the population.” 0 likes
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