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Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
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Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen is a science fiction fantasy novel. This particular time travel adventure takes a look at what happens if things in the past are changed by the time travelers.

Kin is from the year 2142 when time travel becomes common and is an agent for the Temporal Correction Bureau (TCB). The agents of the TCB are tasked with going back and protecting the past from corruption as any little change can change their future that is yet to come.

However, Kin gets sent on an assignment back to the 1990s to take out someone interfering and while he does succeed in his mission he also ends up with his locator damaged. Kin hops that despite the damage someone will come for him in two days when scheduled but instead finds himself trapped for the next eighteen years where he slowly loses the memories of his true time.

Although the idea behind Here and Now and Then is not a new one in the fact that change in the past can change the future I still enjoyed this author’s take on it. This is one that most of the plot is pretty much given away in the blurb so if you didn’t read that yet you may not want to if it sounds like a good one.

For me while I enjoyed the ideas on time travel and the story I did think this one read a little on the dry side and I just didn’t feel it oozing with the emotion it should have which is what led to my rating 3.5 stars. Maybe I was focusing a bit too much on the tech side or perhaps it was the male POV or writer that was a bit off to me but regardless it was still a solid and entertaining story.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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Reading Progress

July 31, 2018 – Shelved
July 31, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
July 31, 2018 – Shelved as: netgalley
January 2, 2019 – Started Reading
January 3, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Angela M Nice review, Carrie. Looking forward to this!


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Barbara That would be a bummer, to get stuck in the past. You'd almost inevitably do something that would change the future.


Carrie Angela M wrote: "Nice review, Carrie. Looking forward to this!"

Thanks Angela! Hope you like it too. :)


Carrie Barbara wrote: "That would be a bummer, to get stuck in the past. You'd almost inevitably do something that would change the future."

Definitely, it would be impossible to survive without interacting with others for that long.... of course if he hadn't we wouldn't have a book to read either. LOL


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