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The Chronothon by Nathan Van Coops
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Dec 04, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: time-travel, sci-fi

I've read some good novels this year. This is a great one. It's the sequel to In Times Like These, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading earlier this year. You don't have to have read book one to read book two, as everything you need to know is explained as you go.

Nathan Van Coops has done a masterful job of creating a plausible time travel method, as well as ensuring it's not easy for those who wish to use it. As Vladimir Nabokov said, it's the author's job to get their protagonist stuck up a tree and then throw rocks at him. Van Coops never once lets the protagonist off the hook. Indeed, he piles on the problems perfectly, and allows him to interplay with a large cast of characters - some good some evil - as they try to survive this epic time race. The protagonist's mettle is tested thoroughly, and his character is revealed through adversity - which is what marks out great writing from good.

The excursions into history are very well researched and believable, and the characters are all well-drawn. There are plenty of edge-of-your-seat moments as the action unfolds. Each of the mini-excursions into a new period of time builds up solidly towards a very satisfying denouement. This is a must-read for any sci-fi fan. I was delighted to be a beta-reader for this novel - publication due early February 2015.

Cool science bit. Here's the background: the protagonist and his friends literally fell into the world of early time-travel. It's achieved by means of a watch-like device on the wrist, but there are great risks involved. In order not to reappear in a different part of the Earth's orbit (minus the planet), or be fused into other people or objects, you have to use an anchor when you jump. The anchor has to have been around at the time you want to jump to. That anchor will stop you reappearing in the neverwhere. Other limiting factors are that you can only jump a certain number of years at a time, and that your device needs recharging.

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Reading Progress

December 4, 2014 – Started Reading
December 4, 2014 – Shelved
December 4, 2014 –
page 99
"98% of the way through. What an AMAZING follow-up to the first novel in the series!"
December 5, 2014 – Finished Reading
December 7, 2014 – Shelved as: time-travel
December 7, 2014 – Shelved as: sci-fi

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