What would you do if you could start your life over again? What if you didn’t have a choice?
That’s what happens to Andy Meyers. He has all the normal trappings of life: a beautiful wife, a nice house, and a good job. But all that vanishes when he wakes to find himself reliving his own childhood. He is suddenly nine-years-old again, and he is poised to reenact a terrible chain of events that altered his life forever.
But that’s just the beginning. Things get even more complicated when Andy discovers an impossible note. Someone knows he has come back. Someone who doesn’t want him to change anything. And they will stop at nothing to keep him from it.
As Andy starts to unravel his own past, he begins to find that things are much different than he ever imagined. His family has a secret. A secret so big that it could change everything.
Overall an interesting book, along the idea of “what would you do if you could go back to the past and change something.” It avoided falling into a lot of clichés I expect of such a genre (for instance, “let’s go back in 1938 and kill Hitler”), while also addressing the matter of time paradox, in that, of course, whatever gets changed in the past will affect the future, and so the ‘old’ life the character would like to go back to wouldn’t exist anymore, not per se, at least.
The backdrop provided, that of the Timekeepers’ organization, was interesting, and I liked the trigger to time-travel that was revealed later on in the book. It was shocking, yet also logical in a way.
I was less thrilled at the second part of the book, though. I found the Timekeepers to be perhaps a little too… naive?… in their dealings. As if they should’ve been able to expect and do more, but didn’t. Instead, Andy was the one who seemed to understand the most, when he was actually the one who should’ve been the most clueless. (Granted, he was the main character, and a main character who doesn’t *do* anything and only lets things happen would be boring. It’s just the behaviour of other characters that seemed somewhat contradictory to me.)
No matter what, I do think there’s potential to the world created here. I would probably be interested in reading the next installment, especially if it were to reveal more about the Timekeepers and how they work exactly.