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All Our Wrong Todays

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  23,881 ratings  ·  3,697 reviews
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, a
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Dutton
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David Benson Replay by Ken Grimwood. It explores the emotional impact of a form of time travel. Great read (and did it better than The First Fifteen Lives of Harry…moreReplay by Ken Grimwood. It explores the emotional impact of a form of time travel. Great read (and did it better than The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August).(less)
Cbphoenix I can't speak to the rash of books about time warps. I haven't read that many. The reason I call this sci-fi lite is that the time travel is not the m…moreI can't speak to the rash of books about time warps. I haven't read that many. The reason I call this sci-fi lite is that the time travel is not the main point. At least it wasn't to me. I was struck by the depth of insight into human relationships that the author showed in the telling of the story.(less)

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Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
There are some clever ideas here, but the way this book is written is so obnoxious that a three star rating feels exceptionally generous.

All Our Wrong Todays is the story of Tom Barren, who travels back in time to the exact moment the future was born and fucks up the timeline so irretrievably that he winds up in our reality. Do you get it? Our very own lives are actually the dystopia? Anyway, the world is much worse but he winds up in a duplicate copy of his family that is much better than his o
Larry H
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

If Back to the Future and Dark Matter had a baby, the end result would be Elan Mastai's slightly crazy, tremendously compelling All Our Wrong Todays . While it's not as zany as the former, or as heart-pounding as the latter, it's a really creative, thought-provoking book with a lot more heart than you'd expect from a novel about time travel.

Tom Barren lives in 2016, but it's not quite the 2016 we all know—it's more like the vision of the future we all had when
1.5ish stars.

Another time travel narrative used mostly as a vehicle to explore relationships or morality or whatever. If Dark Matter is the ultra-cool action thriller variety, this is the quirky rom-com/action thriller amalgamation.

It's got all the Ingredients: the everyman "I'm no hero" male lead; the twee, nerdy, but unconventionally beautiful and intelligent female lead who gets the male lead in a way that no one else can; the meet-cute naturally takes place at her book store, because awww;
I’ve struggled for a while to review this book because, on the one hand, I detested it and I don’t want to spend extra time thinking about it - but on the other hand, it has a baffling number of high-star reviews, and honestly that annoys me. There’s nothing good going on here; the plot quickly strays from its promised time-travel based moral quandary into shallow romance, a slapdash secondary conflict, and a saccharine ending. And the writing? The writing is miserably pretentious.

The thing is,
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5ish stars for this time travel/alternate timelines novel. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Tom Barren lives in a near-utopian version of our world in 2016, the world that Disney and science fiction optimistically imagined in the 1950s that we would one day have, complete with flying cars, ray guns, space vacations, and other Amazing Stories and Jetson-like technology. There’s a single compelling reason for this: in 1965, a man named Lionel Goettreider invented an engine that p
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
This Sci Fi had a few very interesting ideas!

I did listen to it as an audiobook and even though the author did a great job at narrating it, I would recommend reading the physical copy of it. One chapter consisted mostly of "F*ck" and a few passages were backward... not ideal to listen to!

I had a few issues with it that I'll explain in my Wrap Up at the end of the month since I'm having a hard time explaining them here!
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Crouch and Weir
4.5 stars (rounding to 5 because I want people to check this one out!)

This was the perfect book to read after Recursion. And, I had no clue how similar it would be. In fact, if you just finished Recursion and you are looking for something just like it, give this one a try!

I would describe this debut novel from Mastai as a cross between the aforementioned Blake Crouch and Andy Weir (The Martian and Artemis). The reason I mention Weir is that the main character of this book (narrator) is self-depr
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Every person you meet introduces the accident of that person to you. What can go right and what can go wrong. There is no intimacy without consequence.

To get it out of the way, there's a lot of set up in All Our Wrong Todays, and it took me a bit to find a feel for this book and fall into it. But once Mastai gets past the set up and things are happening, the smart, funny prose and more realized characters propelled me forward, and even if the stakes and thrills aren't seemingly as high as
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-shelf, sci-fi
I'm always on the prowl for a good time-travel and alternate-reality kick, so when this one slid by me, blaring on its speakers that it was a very self-aware member of its species, I just had to turn my head an look.

I'm so glad I did. :) Hell, I even considered just reading the first couple of pages and then putting it off until closer to its actual publication date. It's months away! And yet, I went ahead and read it because I got sucked in.

It's a memoir. Yes. An alternate reality memoir with s
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. I read this at a very appropriate time because I’ve recently been getting the strange sensation that I’m living in the wrong timeline! ;) I'm going to avoid specific details about the story's path, but here's a review summary for those who don't want to know as little as possible: The tone is lighthearted and self-aware, making it an entertaining read. The main character and his love life didn't excite me, but I loved the technology, the exploration of different realities, and the que ...more
Andrew Smith
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
What would it be like to live in a world where all of your needs are taken care of, where cars fly, teleportation exists and menial tasks such as showering, dressing and preparing meals are just completed for you, almost by magic. Well this is the world Tom Barren lives in. It’s 2016 but back in 1965 something called the Goettreider Engine was invented – and it was a game changer. It worked by harnessing the energy created by the movement of the planet itself and it’s so powerful that it’s made ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
All Our Wrong Todays is another example of a book with great ideas and flashes of hope that ultimately left me feeling annoyed and underwhelmed. Fans of Dark Matter, The Martian, Ready Player One, etc. should find something to love here. I feel like that's important to share because any people love all of those books, but even then I'm hesitant to recommend this one. For whatever reason, I can't connect with these types of books. Ah well.

The chapters are very short, and there are some fun plot
Dannii Elle
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Elan Mastai, and the publisher, Penguin, for this opportunity.

A book set in an alternative present sounded like such an intriguing concept for a book. And while I certainly did find this interesting, the rather dry narrative voice started to dull my affinity, as the story progressed.

This book is set out as a fictional memoir, and it does an excellent job of sounding like just that. The voice that brings the
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: time-travel, sci-fi
If you are one of the bazillion people here who loved the book Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch, you will love this one too. It is similar in some ways.

If you loved the Jetsons or Futurama, you should also love this one. All of the cool future-gadgets are in the story. I admit that I am one of those. I just want one robot-maid, flying car, and insta-meal machine before I die. Is that asking too much, science? Nobody's getting any younger over here, ya know. Get your shit together! Sheesh!

Liz Barnsley
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully done. Think Sliding Doors with added geekery and a wonderfully written deftly developed plot using a clear and funny character voice.

Poor Tom. He’s a bit useless really. So you probably don’t want him messing around with timelines and technology but he has an impressively intelligent and famous Father and is constantly wandering about in his shadow and disappointing him. Then Tom falls in love. What happens next is funny, engaging, full of little life insights and a whole lot of joy
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
2018 F.A.B. Bookclub pick # I.❤️. F.A.B.

I’m not a big fan of sci-fi, so the science parts of this book had me yawning and bored. The romance, funny and sad parts were good. I listened to this one and I imagine reading it has a totally different feel. For example, when Tom realizes what he did- he awakes saying “Fuck” about 100 times in a row, followed by “Shit”, followed by more “Fuck”’s. I’m sure a reader just flipped the page and continued. Listening to this narrator say it for over a minute
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017, sci-fi
It all happened, more or less exactly as envisioned. I’m not talking about the future. I’m talking about the present. Today, in the year 2016, humanity lives in a techno-utopian paradise of abundance, purpose, and wonder.
Except we don’t. Of course we don’t. We life in a world where, sure, there are iPhones and 3D printers and, I don’t know, drone strikes or whatever. But it hardly looks like The Jetsons. Except it should. And it did. Until it didn’t. But it would have, if I hadn’t done what I
"...when you invent a new technology, you also invent the accident of that technology. When you invent the car, you also invent the car accident. When you invent the plane, you also invent the plane crash. When you invent nuclear fission, you also invent the nuclear meltdown."
And when you invent a time machine... yeah. Written in memoir style, All Our Wrong Todays showcases Tom Barren, the significantly less talented son of a scientist/physicist/inventor/genius, who acts before
Jessica Jeffers
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I should preface any review I write by saying that I am not much of a sci-fi reader. I’ve been slowly getting more into some sci-fi, but it’s not the hard stuff. It’s the kind that gets shelved in literary fiction and is maybe a bit polarizing to readers who like “real” sci-fi. I don’t even remember how this one landed on my to-read list, to be honest, but I was quite eager to read it as a way of broadening my horizons.

And really, I love anything that I think might give me an excuse to make ref
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well, the beginning was freaking amazing...then it slowed down to where I almost DNF'd it. It picked back up at the 30% mark...then it got slow again. Around the 70% mark I almost DNF'd it again. This was the trend in this one for me.
The synopsis sounded rad, unfortunately, it felt I had already read this storyline somewhere else. Not much happened throughout the general story line and the world building was nonexistent... in all timelines. The ending was a cop out to me. There were tho
Tom Quinn
My hopes for this one quickly soured at the try-hard vibe that gets laid on much, much too thick - an attempt to be blasé that's far more irritating than charming. There are stretches of tenderness and some pithy one-liners that I did appreciate, but they don't make up for the cocksure glibness in tone.

The narrator's supposed to be a relatable schlub with an "aw shucks" streak, but I found his running commentary too cutesy, too self-indulgent. It was like being at the movies with somebody who ta
Jonathan K
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In a word, brilliant! For all those who enjoy time travel stories, this is without doubt, one of the best not only conceptually but figuratively. A screenwriter by trade, this is the kind of story that lends well to the big screen though is equally good on paper! The creative views and concepts of time travel are unique though it's the unexpected momentum towards the end that takes the reader by surprise. Great character development, immersive and engaging, this is an outstanding debut novel by ...more
Carol (Bookaria)
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely, amazing and beautiful novel! It was imaginative, fun, witty, with interesting characters and awesome dialogue. Basically, everything I love in a book.

The story starts with the main character Tom, he is the son of the genius creator of a time machine. He lives in the present time but in a completely different alternative reality, the world he lives in is a quasi-utopian environment where war, diseases and poverty have been eradicated. The present reality is different becau
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a compelling novel! Although it starts a little sluggish, and our main character Tom is not very likable, the plot does pick up pace. I enjoyed the writing style - Tom frequently mentions that he is "not a writer" and much of the story reads like a memoir. We learn lots of surprises in the final 25% and those kept me focused and reading into the night to finish.

There is some physics jargon that may or may not be factual, I have no clue, but it didn't deter me from the general story. I defi
You know the reviews that people in the 1970s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Dennis’ 2017, humanity thrives in a literate-utopian paradise of entertaining reviews full of thoughtful insight, and sophisticated analysis, where reviewers never missed the point and trolls never existed . . . because what’s the point of trolling anyway?

Except Dennis just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, eloquent world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by
When I first finished this, I thought, that was a fun 4-star read! But after allowing some time to pass, I'm dropping this down to 3 stars if I'm being incredibly generous, but being honest, I think this is actually a 2.5 stars. I think this was an interesting take on time travel, with a main character who didn't particularly hold my interest. In fact, much of the plot has already vanished from my brain. I remember being irritated by the main character, the more time I spent with him, and though ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
I've always had a deep love for the time-travel scifi genre, my guilty pleasure, and this book provides two experiences through machines created by different crazy-genius scientists!

In All Our Wrong Todays, Tom Barren is writing his memoir, to explain how he destroyed and/or saved alternate realities. In his original life, an ultra-modern utopian world of hover cars etc., Tom is the ne'er-do-well son of a genius professor who is planning a time-travel experiment in which a traveler will go back
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling time travel story in the same class as Dark Matter, but one I enjoyed more.

This book has a bit more character development than Dark Matter, and is a little more thoughtful rather than action packed. I liked the intelligent and slightly humorous conversational style of the writing, which made the events seem more personal.

Recommended particularly to enthusiasts of time travel stories.
Will M.
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 2017, sci-fi
It's awful how I compare novels of the similar genre-plots. This is a bit similar to Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (a novel I rated 5 stars) and sadly it influenced how much I enjoyed this one. I know it's shallow and wrong to compare but the both novels tackle on time traveling and/or multiverses. If I read this novel first, I honestly might have rated this 5 stars.

While I only rated this 4.5, I can assure you that it was one hell of an awesome ride. I enjoyed Mastai's take on time traveling and
Cody | CodysBookshelf
DNF @ Page 75.

The writing in this one is hella choppy and all over the place. The narrator is thoroughly unlikable. The story twists and turns like a snake and all sorts of unnecessary complications are being thrown in. The Goosebumps books' chapters are longer. Casual sexism abounds. Et cetera.

In short: fuck this book. Next!
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“All Our Wrong Todays” is Elan's first novel. Currently he's a writer and producer on the Emmy-winning TV series "This Is Us". He's written movies for Fox, Sony, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, and Paramount. His most recent film is “What If”—also known as “The F Word”—a comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Megan Park, and Rafe Spall, directed by Michael Dowse. El ...more

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