Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one’s hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity’s demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job in history.
THIS BOOK. What a delightful mesh of sci-fi, thriller, action and of course, time travel.
I absolutely loved the concept – the use of time travel to plunder the past for resources to keep the future running. Of course, all resources are finite, even when you’re pilfering from previous times, and it all starts to fall apart. Throw some rogue agents and far-reaching side effects from all the jumping around, and you have a giant mess on your hands.
The characters are all intriguing in their own ways. I found James to be quite exasperating – he’s rude and arrogant and very close to breaking, but he also has a kind streak running through him, and I find it hard to fault him for being the person his job and experiences have turned him into. I also really liked Levin – while he’s set up as James’ direct opposition, he faces his own issues and has a lot more in common with James than either of them would realise.
I’ve mentioned before that I don’t read a lot of sci-fi, and when I do, the science often flies so far above my head that I don’t even recognise it. I didn’t have that problem in this book – the world building and explanations are developed enough that I know enough to get on with the story. I expect a hardcore science person would pick holes in it though.
I’m really looking forward to reading book 2, especially if it’s even half as well-written and engaging as this one.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.