Dodge Greenley is tired of being the go-between for his time-traveling family. All he wants is for them all to be able to live together peacefully in one era—is that too much to ask? But after breaking all the Rules of time travel in a desperate attempt to retroactively free his parents from the threat of the secret organization his father worked for a hundred years earlier, Dodge makes a startling discovery. It turns out there's someone else stalking his family up and down the timeline, and this time, the menace may be coming from within the Place in Time Travel Agency itself.
Enlisting the help of his 22nd century coworker, Dodge sets off to the year 1915 to rescue his sister from a threat that might have originated at any point in their past, present, or future, proving once again that the greatest threat to time travelers is other time travelers.
Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she's left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Analog, Nature: Futures, Podcastle, and elsewhere.
Her time travel novella series, beginning with THE CONTINUUM, was published in 2018-2019 from World Weaver Press
I received a gratis copy of this novella from the publisher.
What a fun way to wrap up this twisty time travel series! Nikel does a great job of reminding readers about important past events and tracking the flow of time--especially important, as time travel paradoxes and peculiarities can get confusing at times. In this book, Dodge realizes that someone has been stalking his family across time, and even tried to kill his mother in the past. He needs to get to the bottom of things and stop the threat so that his parents can happily retire to a life in the early 20th century with his sister, who must live out her life in that era because established history says so.
This novella has loads of action as Dodge bounces around to different eras. It's a fast read for sure, and a very satisfying one. I feel like I've come to know this family quite well across the four novellas, and it's a joy to see their adventure reach a conclusion.
I was incredibly disappointed in this series. I have began to find over-lengthy sf novels tiresome, so I had high hopes for the novella format, but I think the writer took this in the opposite direction and gave us short stories where the plot demanded at least a long novella. The last two books in the series felt almost like summeries to me; and the characters were comically underdeveloped.
This review is for an ARC version of the book from the publisher.
I've read all 4 books in this series, and I will likely read all 4 of them again! Wendy Nikel weaves together a satisfying conclusion to this series that culminates with Dodge traveling across timelines to ensure the safety of his family line.
Throughout the series, I enjoyed how smoothly readers are transitioned through different points in time, experiencing both historical events and the events unfolding in the story. The Causality Loop is no exception as Dodge hops between his and his parents' future, his sister's present, and even ancient Egypt in pursuit of the unknown hunter threatening to kill his ancestors. Like all good time travel agencies, the PITTA (Place In Time Travel Agency) has rules governing the use of time travel; rules that of course must be broken repeatedly throughout the book, but always with good reason.
I received an ARC copy of this book from the author
I honestly thought the 3rd book in this series was the last one but this was a fun addition, although their extended family's wibbley wobbley timey wimey adventures are honestly getting a bit confusing for me! Still, the author does put in short recaps of previous books in the text so I did appreciate that and overall it was a fun short read like all the rest of the books. I don't know if this one is supposed to be the last one - although it is a very nice ending if it is - but I would probably continue to read the series if she continued to write it.