Version Control

Thoughts vcbydp by Dexter Palmer, Vintage 2016, 512 pages

Challenge: TOB Short List
Genre: Science Fiction
Type/Source: Tradeback / Local Indie Bookstore
 Why I read this now:  Book trade with Katie!

MOTIVATION for READING: I tbr’d this book back in November and I’m not sure if that is when the TOB Long List was published? but I know I had interest in this book before the short list was announced. I’m just getting to it now.

WHAT’s it ABOUT: Rebecca is a young wife, recovering from a tragedy a few years back and is married to a physicist working on a causality violation device (do NOT call it a time machine!) She suspects that something is ‘off’, things just aren’t quite right, normal feels vaguely odd. Gee, whatever could it be?

WHAT’s GOOD: This is a meaty story with lots of interesting characters and details and tension. A bit of foreshadowing and a few teasers are dropped in and the slow build really keeps the interest going.

The drop in conversations with The President were very creepy. The autonomous automobiles were cool.

What’s NOT so good: Though I loved the sly political commentary on person rights versus data collection and the analysis of how computer dating systems are designed to be financially viable, I was not so comfortable or convinced on a few plot points.

FINAL THOUGHTS: In the beginning, I had that eager anticipation that this book was going to be SOMETHING, a book of heft and weight and delight in its unfolding. And not that it wasn’t, but it arc’d. Though it ended satisfactorily, it wasn’t the five slicer I had initially thought it could be.

RATING: A solid four slice of pie thriller.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Version Control

  1. I have this out from the library right now! It’s starting really slowly, but I was warned that it would start slowly so I’m dealing with it. Does the time travel get more time travely? So far there has been very little (IN FACT NO) traveling through time.

  2. Gah. So disappointing. You know books like this are totally my thing! But you didn’t love it and therefore I feel like I should just stay away and stick with my own books…

    1. Oh no, Please reconsider my rating. It was just that I had TOO HIGH of hopes and I did still really very much enjoy it. I think you would like it, I do.

  3. I had this out from the library but it’s size and the amount of other books I had lying around resulted in my returning it unread. I can’t decide if I should re-request it or not… the fact that it started slow and wasn’t a 5 star might mean I leave it for now to focus on other stuff!

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