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Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell
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Ferrell has created a richly complicated world that explores the idea of time travel paradoxes in a fascinating way. His narrator is trapped between wanting to follow the script that has long been established and needing to make the changes required to save his own life. When these shifts occur – he calls it “untethering” – it creates uncertainty, which the narrator has never had to deal with since inventing the time machine. He’s never sure if what he’s doing is altering the script or following it in a way that he doesn’t yet comprehend.

The driving prose style of the story sweeps the reader along, rapidly shifting gears yet never losing steam. Ferrell has composed a brain-teasing labyrinth of a novel; he allows us to follow along as he deftly and meticulously traces a path to the end. There’s humor and pathos and genuine feeling, causing us to invest in not only his concept, but his character(s) as well.

“Man in the Empty Suit” is about time travel, yes, but it’s also about a man who inadvertently discovers the void in his own life. Is his entire existence foreordained or does he have the power to change it? And if he does, would those changes be for the better or worse? An exceptional read for any sci-fi fan who enjoys a challenge.
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February 1, 2013 – Finished Reading
February 8, 2013 – Shelved
February 8, 2013 – Shelved as: published-reviews
June 17, 2015 – Shelved as: fiction
October 29, 2015 – Shelved as: sci-fi-fantasy

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