Destroyer, by Brett Battles

With the whole of human history altered, Denny Younger may be the last rewinder in existence–and the last person on earth with a chaser unit capable of time travel. While caring for his ailing sister, Denny must discover a way to recharge his device before he’s left with no defense against a past that wants him dead. Before long, Denny notices a mysterious stranger following him–keeping tabs on Denny, his family, and his friends. Is Denny just paranoid? Or maybe he isn’t alone in this new reality after all… When his chaser is stolen and his girlfriend is kidnapped, Denny risks everything to get both of them back. Launched into a high-stakes chase that spans continents and millennia, Denny’s responsibility to save our future isn’t over yet. It will take all of his cunning to stop a threat capable of steering the fate of the human race into disaster.

Destroyer picks up right where Rewinder leaves off. I had predicted the crux of the story at the end of Rewinder, but the author still managed a surprise or two. Destroyer has the same amount of history, and seems to jump into the action right away. The story was easy to follow, and a few of the reveals were predictable.

Two things bother me about Destroyer: The time-traveling Denny seems reluctant to do what he knows he must, and that ends up making entire portions of the book an epic listing of frustration. Without spoiling anything, the book should’ve ended about a third of the way through, the rest of the book was frustrating exposition. I know the author had to get us into the chase, but the tipping point just made me angry.

The second thing I dislike about this book is that it ends on the lamest of lame cliffhangers. While the nemesis from book one has been vanquished, many plots have been left dangling. If I’d purchased this book, instead of reading it through Net Galley, I’d have been pretty upset, maybe even to the point of asking for a refund.

Because of the predictability, it did take me longer to read Destroyer than it did Rewinder. It’s still a great read, but I’d probably recommend fans of Rewinder wait until book three is out to read Destroyer. I’d give Destroyer an actual star rating of 3.5, and if the ending didn’t make me so mad, it would’ve easily been a 4-star read. Definitely not as good as Rewinder, but still worth a read.

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.

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About Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner lives in northern Arizona with his wife, three children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degrees in Computer Systems and Applications and Applied Human Behavior. View all posts by Mark Gardner

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