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The Twin Paradox

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  414 ratings  ·  104 reviews
With ten years passing for every three minutes on a remote stretch of Texas coast, planes fall out of the sky, evolved species are on the hunt, and people die inside one of the most vicious ecosystems ever grown—all a result of the government’s efforts to slow down time.

A lot can happen in ten years. That’s the point. Governments are always racing for supremacy, for scient
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 23rd 2020 by Trevaney Bay
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Montzalee Wittmann
May 12, 2021 rated it liked it
The Twin Paradox
by Charles Wachter
Trevaney Bay

I want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this book. It's a bit science fiction bordering on fantasy and parts are just fanciful. It reminds me a bit of some of Preston and Child books where there is some science fiction but then there is creepy monsters.

This has cloning of historical personalities, 'evil' persons, geniuses, and thinkers. There is also a way to slow down time and speed it up! Need a wormhole to China? Got one of
Dee Arr
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, horror, thriller, ya
Imagine you are just approaching or in your early teen years. You are normal, doing all the regular things that kids do. Everything is great, until one day you discover that you are not who you think you are. You are not the you that you’ve grown to know, you are a clone. Not just any clone, but a duplicate of an famous intelligent or influential adult.

There was enough in that one idea to create a decent plot, but author Charles Wachter upped the ante by transporting the children to a facility i
Brendan McCahill
Oct 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Good start turns into a complete mess

The first couple of chapters were good, well written and interesting. And then, boom. The story went everywhere. Character's actions made no sense. Spoiler alert. For example, the main protagonist, an 18 year old Albert Einstein clone/kid, meets up with a gorgeous spy. He's given the opportunity to fly to Russia to oversee his own billion dollar time warping lab or something like that. Does he call his buddies to tell them about the hot spy and crazy opportun
May 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
I would like to thank Trevaney Bay and NetGalley for allowing me to read this ARC free for an honest review. The book starts with the death of Isaac Newton and people prying a tooth from his mouth. Almost 250 years later, in 1975, a collector in Russia has amassed tissue from many greats of history – De Vinci, Edison, Curie, Galileo, Darwin, Newton, etc. The collector is killed and his collection stolen by a doctor. Forty years later, a dozen young people are graduating early from high school. A ...more
McKenna Zinke
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
* I was given this book in a giveaway *

Wow, what a mind-bender! At times it was a little hard to keep up with who was what character but I think in the end it was a good choice. It added to the chaos that ensued and the complications that occurred throughout.

The only con I have about this book is that I wish the characters had been developed a little more. It felt like they were these super-smart geniuses but you don't get much deeper than that. At times I felt like the plot was rushed and I di
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here goes. I've read maybe 2,000 science fiction books in my lifetime and only written reviews for five or so. Is this guy the next Michael Crichton? It feels like a Crichton book on hyperdrive. It also feels like it should be the basis for the next major game release from bungie or something. A cross between a near-future Lost World and the surreal environments in Destiny or Halo universes. "Action-packed" just does not cover it well enough. This is a highly crafted adventure, written by someon ...more
Jennifer McDonnell
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An insanely fast-paced, edge of your seat, sci-fi thriller. It has a little bit of everything - time shifting, quantum physics, human cloning, secret governmental experiments, biological warfare, mutated animals, Russian espionage, and a sprinkling of magic. The teenage protagonists include history’s most brilliant minds. Not only must they learn to come to terms with who they really are but they also must escape the time trap they are in while warding off history’s greatest villains. Wachter do ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting SF Adventure involving Clones, Time Travel And More.

Funny book, I liked it but it became tedious at times. As part of a vast experiment, historical figures are cloned and a special area expanding time passage and condensing it simultaneously is constructed. International problems become exacerbated as countries rival each other in discoveries and scientific growth. A lot of big ideas are broached and old fashioned adventure are undertaken, a curious mix in some ways but ultimately en
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
If you've ever wondered what would happen if you took the clones of great minds of history (and an underwater welder) and stuck them in a biosphere where the meaning of time is different... this book is for you. I was interested at first, but as I neared the end it felt like the author tried to cram in as many obstacles as possible for the characters. And there was some weird weird weirdness in the middle with restless natives. That said, it would probably make a good action/sci-fi movie. ...more
J. F.
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review:  The Twin Paradox by Charles Wachter
(Published by Trevaney Bay, August 23, 2020)

eBook: ★★★★☆ (4.0 Stars)

"...It's called the Twin Paradox.
If one twin left earth on a spaceship at the speed of light, time would pass slower for him, dilating to accommodate the speed, and then eventually, when he returned, his brother would be much older, or dead.
     Here, this is backward. Time passes faster.
     Ten years for three minutes..."
            - from "The Twin Paradox" by Charl
What happens when you combine Sir Isaac Newton's tooth, the toppling of an oil rig in the Atlantic, bits and pieces of the famous stolen by a modern day graverobber, and a high school honors program? There are any number of possibilities that would provide a great reading experience. Unfortunately, THE TWIN PARADOX doesn't live up to its potential. The blurb calls the book "relentless yet deliberate…" I'm finding it relentlessly lackluster and deliberately dull. Like a hyperactive child, the cha ...more
Missy Angus
May 30, 2021 rated it liked it
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Take a story where a bunch of high school students one day, out of the blue, are told they are clones of Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Isaac Newton; Martin Luther King Jr. & Catherine the Great. These kids graduate early (cuz apparently they are geniuses but not aware of this) & are then taken to a secret location. Here, within its ecosystem, 10 years passes inside for every 3 minutes on the outside, but some stuff is busted & they need to figure it out cuz the world could
Krystal Gengler
Plot: 5 stars!!!
Writing: 3 stars
Overall: 3 stars

Wow! This was a crazy experience, in a good way! The author came up with some mind-bending science and made it feel real. I was on the edge of my seat to see if they would make it out in the end.

The reason I am giving it only three stars is that I didn't feel a real emotional connection to the characters. It was written almost as if it were intended for TV (which it would make a great show!), and so the characters didn't feel fleshed out, and I ha
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Twin Paradox takes a few over-the-top science fictional concepts on a wild adventure ride. There's lots of action here and if that's your thing this may be the book for you. I felt the the big ideas could have been explored further, but were pushed aside in favor running away from danger.
The plot was fresh and new and interested and has enough wists to keep you fully occupieyou on the edge of your seat the characters are full-fledged interesting and likable.

I can not wait to see what comes n
I have learned not to expect a real plot from TV shows and most films; these are made more for spectacle and actors’ placement than anything else. THE TWIN PARADOX felt more like a video draft than a book; it was a feature for descriptive visuals and place-creation. The plot and character development were all over the place; ultimately not making much sense. Would I have really chosen to read a book about cannibals in a biosphere experiment? Would anyone? This is a mixed bag of treats and weirdn ...more
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clever and imaginative! Great, multi-faceted characters. Very interesting plot. Vivid descriptions. Kept me intrigued from the first page to the last. Simply a GREAT read!

*I received a complimentary ARC of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
The concept presented in this book was new to me. It took me a while to really get up to speed with the story line. There were enough characters to make it a little confusing until I got used to them. The introduction of numerous other characters was a little disconcerting. But most of them didn’t carry through to the end of the book. So the first half of the book went a little slowly. But my interest picked up as I got into the second half of the book, which I found to be entertaining. And that ...more
Louise Page
May 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is simply amazing. It is a wild ride through time, physics, and friendships. You simply have no idea where this book will go next, though at no point are you ever disappointed. And while I wished I could have read it faster, there were times when my eyes simply lost focus and I had to sleep. I can not wait to see what comes next!
Victor S Southern
Had to give up on this rambling tale although I tried hard. I accepted the rather bizarre pseudo-science on which the story is based but the text was so turgid, the pace so slow that I found my eyes closing with drowsiness after only 4 or 5 pages. I suppose I got about 100 pages in and left.

I could not identify in any way with any of the characters, their motivations, their actions.
May 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I was really surprised by this book. Not only is the story original, but it was enthralling. I couldn't put it down, even though I had to many times to participate in everyday activities. I was so disappointed to learn the sequel won't be released for awhile, but I'll be sure to keep an eye out for it. ...more
Gina T
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
It was barely 12 hours after I finished this novel that I saw a headline: Russia to clone 3,000 year old Scythian warriors. While that is a scary thought, the scenario presented in "The Twin Paradox" is even scarier. Imagine cloning history's greatest minds AND monsters. What havoc they could wreak.

The US government clones the greatest minds and sends them all to the same school. It also builds a biosphere/ecosystem on the Texas Gulf coast to carry out all sorts of experiments with time compress
Maya the Bookworm
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Check out this review and more on my blog, Maya’s Reviews.

Thank you to NetGalley and Trevaney Bay for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

//TW: death, torture, violence//

All quotes are taken from The Twin Paradox by Charles Wachter.

Spoilers are marked.

~Quick Statistics~
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Plot: 5/5 Stars
Setting: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5 Stars
Writing: 5/5 Stars
Memorability: 5/5 Stars

"Albert Einstein, the second one, wasn't born yesterday. This was all bulls
Sean Randall
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced and crammed with a relentless energy, this was gripping and fun, in a beach-read technothriller sort of a way.
It's impossible to put yourself into this sort of story, and the characters were drawn to be hard to get into as well. So although it was fun, I struggled a little with coherent believability and never felt fully submerged.

Also the chances of this and with last book I read discussing Prometheus in the same amount of detail? That's a bit mindbending...
Hugo Saravia
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Good plot!

I find the conceptual idea very feasible with today's technology, the cloning part of the plot that is, the time manipulation not so much. I ducked one star from a five out of five because of some flawes in the execution like the fact that everyone was oblivious to the fact they all knew who the mole was and that all their problems were caused by said mole, otherwise it's an interesting read.
Debra H. Wruble
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Well written story about a crazy plot to clone the great minds of history and put them in accelerator to get ten years of genius in three minutes. Chaos happens when China builds a collided too and then tries to steal the American clones. Great read
Jun 06, 2021 rated it liked it
There comes a point in some works of science fiction when you’re better off not trying to understand the physics behind a particular concept, and just run with whatever point the author is making. It’s enough to know that they know what’s going on. It’s at this juncture that we decide to sit back and be entertained. In Jurassic Park, we were there for the dinosaurs; not so much for the science behind their creation or whether or not it is ethical to recreate them for the modern audience, as inte ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Twin Paradox by Charles Wachter is a highly recommended, wildly entertaining YA techno science fiction tale that will make a gripping, engrossing movie.

Alastair, Leo, Milk, Kat, and Zack are high school students in an honors program when their whole class is told they will be graduating a year earlier. At their private graduation they learn that they aren't who they thought they were. They are all clones from the DNA of famous scientists and leaders, including in part Albert Einstein, Leonar
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Review of eBook

Sometimes it can be difficult being in the Honors core curriculum classes at Union High School, but smart is smart. Only Alistair has plans . . . and they don’t include spending his senior year in the Honors track; he wants to play football.

Imagine his surprise when the sudden scheduling of the private Honors Graduation for his class finds him graduating a year early. And it is there that the graduates will finally learn the truth . . . that they are identical genetic clones of s
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the Publisher and Net Gallery for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the book of the year! Since Michael Crichton passed away in 2008, there has been a dearth of truely great scientific thrillers- well not anymore.This story has all of the elements you would expect in a block buster 1) evil corporation, led by evil genius 2) cloning and the moral questions it brings, 3) monsters human and other, 4) things that go terribly terribly wrong, and 5) our ba
Dave Cooke
May 01, 2021 rated it liked it
I'm giving it three stars for the moment ...just finished it so I need time to think about it and I may change my rating in a few weeks but it certainly held my attention and is worth the read.
Why do that you wonder....
Well there are some very good things about this book and some....not so good.
Some of the concepts I enjoyed but and most of the storyline or lines but at times I felt as if I was reading a movie \ TV show script and, don't get me wrong , it would probably make a good movie, series
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