December 12, 2017
Rewinder, by Brett Battles
You will never read Denny Younger’s name in any history book, will never know what he’s done. But even if you did, you’d never believe it. The world as you know it wouldn’t be the same without him. Denny was born into one of the lowest rungs of society, but his bleak fortunes abruptly change when the mysterious Upjohn Institute recruits him to be a Rewinder, a verifier of personal histories. The job at first sounds like it involves researching old books and records, but Denny soon learns it’s far from it. A Rewinder’s job is to observe history. In person. Embracing his new duties with enthusiasm, Denny witnesses things he could never even imagine before. But as exciting as the adventures into the past are, there are dangers, too. For even the smallest error can have consequences. Life-altering consequences. Time, after all, is merely a reference point.
**This will be the shortest of three reviews for the Rewinder series, by Brett Battles. These were written in 2015, but I never posted them to the blog.**
I’m a sucker for alternate history. I love time travel. I totally dig dystopian. This sci-fi novel has it all. One of the best things about this story is that the author didn’t spend chapters world building and giving the history. Instead, we learn about the world that Denny lives in as that world happens to him. It builds up suspense, and allows the reader to enjoy the plot as it unfolds.
I’m writing this review after reading both books, and I successfully predicted the lynchpin in the second book. This book is an easy five stars, and I’m glad I saw it on NetGalley. I knocked out the book in two days, which is a testament to my liking it.
Brett was born and raised in southern California. His parents, avid readers, instilled the love of books in him early on, and there were many days his mom would kick him out of the house in the afternoon just so he would get a little sunshine. He is the USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels. Though he still makes California his home, he has traveled extensively to destinations which play parts in his current and upcoming novels. He has three very cool kids—Ronan, Fiona, and Keira—who are all quickly becoming adults, which both excites and unnerves him. As for his neurotic, paranoid, cute Australian Shepherd Maggie, that’s more of a…developing relationship.