It’s the summer of 1986 and reluctant prodigy Nick Hayes is a student at Cambridge University, working with world-renowned mathematician Professor Halligan. He just wants to be a regular student, but regular isn’t really an option for a boy-genius cancer survivor who’s already dabbled in time travel.
When he crosses paths with a mysterious yet curiously familiar girl, Nick discovers that creases have appeared in the fabric of time, and that he is at the centre of the disruption. Only Nick can resolve this time paradox before the damage becomes catastrophic for both him and the future of the world. Time is running out—literally.
Wrapped up with him in this potentially apocalyptic scenario are his ex-girlfriend, Mia, and fellow student Helen. Facing the world-ending chaos of a split in time, Nick must act fast and make the choice of a lifetime—or lifetimes.
How did I get the book? Received from author in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Fantasy / Sci-Fi
Previously Reviewed: One Word Kill
Review: I’m pleasantly surprised in Mark’s latest foray into slice of life sci-fi!
Nick is a kind of amalgamation of Jorg, Jalan and Nona, a conflicted character with a huge burden, surrounded by hardship, dealing with cancer, and being a once in a generation math super genius.
Like all of Mark’s protagonists, Nick is young – 16 as of book two and dealing with all the hurdles of being a middle class genius enrolled in Cambridge with the social class intolerance that would have been prevalent when this was set – the mid 80’s. He’s surrounded by the rich, who belong – and in turn him, who doesn’t and as such, it adds to the sometimes almost hilarious number of “enemies” arrayed against him, whilst he juggles romance, chemo, quantum mathematics, time paradoxes and other surprises thrown at him. Honestly, The calm he brings a to the table is a little unnerving at times and I think that’s what has thrown me. Nick is almost superhuman calm and orientated, despite the odd hiccup – bearing in mind – time isn’t on his side; literally.
I’m normally a fan of tomes when it comes to fantasy and i suspect that’s where I struggle with this. It’s good,but short and that makes me sad.
I cannot wait to read book 3, see how things turn for the..worse? Because wow, What can Nick juggle next – also, TIME LORD!
It was a pleasure to read and a delight in being a one sitting one at that. Thanks for your hard work as always Mark!
Review by: @Angelhearte