This brain-twisting, heart-flipping, wryly funny time-travel debut about the shifting sands of personal identity seems set to become one of those zeitgeisty novels that captures readers in the way Matt Haig’s The Humans has done.
Tom Barren is one of life’s drifters, and an underachieving disappointment to his pioneering scientist dad. He lives in a utopian future in which all material needs are met (and avocadoes never go mushy). It’s also a world in which his dad has invented the Chrono-Spatial Transport Apparatus (a time machine, no less) and, in an effort to give his floundering son something to do, he employs Tom to understudy Penelope, who's in training to be the first human to travel in the time machine. Tom falls for his leading lady, but an unfortunate succession of events sees him transported back to 2016, which he regards as a primitive dystopia. There Tom encounters alternate versions of his parents, and his soul-mate, Penelope, and he’s faced with an excruciating decision: does he try to go back to his old utopian life, or does he stay and embrace the 2016 versions of his loved ones? And so he embarks on an emotional trans-continental journey in order to figure out what to do, and who he is. Funny, thought-provoking and endlessly inventive - I loved it. ~ Joanne Owen
March 2017 Debut of the Month.
So, the thing is, I come from the world we were supposed to have. That means nothing to you, obviously, because you live here, in the crappy world we do have. But it never should've turned out like this. And it's all my fault - well, me and to a lesser extent my father. And, yeah, I guess a little bit Penelope. In both worlds, she's the love of my life. But only a single version of her can exist. I have one impossible chance to fix history's greatest mistake and save this broken world. Except it means saving one Penelope and losing the other forever - and I have absolutely no idea which to choose ...
'A thrilling tale of time travel and alternate timelines with a refreshingly optimistic view of humanity's future' -- Andy Weir, author of international bestseller The Martian
'A novel about time travel has no right to be this engaging. A novel this engaging has no right to be this smart. And a novel this smart has no right to be this funny. Or insightful. Or immersive. Basically, this novel has no right to exist.' Jonathan Tropper, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You and One Last Thing Before I Go
'Elan Mastai has conjured up a witty and freewheeling time-traveling romance that packs an emotional wallop. All Our Wrong Todays is a page-turning delight' -- Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Publication date: 02/03/2017
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||2nd March 2017|
|Publisher:||Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
Elan Mastai was born in Vancouver and lives in Toronto with his wife and children. He writes movies. All Our Wrong Todays is his first novel. Author photo © David LeyesMore About Elan Mastai