The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Science fiction, mystery, thriller
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Pub Date: February 12, 2019
In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.
Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?
Traversing the decades and told from alternating perspectives, The Psychology of Time Travel introduces a fabulous new voice in fiction and a new must-read for fans of speculative fiction and women’s fiction alike. (blurb taken from amazon).
**Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane books for a free eARC of this book**
This book leads the reader heavily into the world of time travel, popping back and forth through the decades and revealing bit of information by bit of information. It pulled me in and I found it hard to put it down until I knew what had happened and how.
Mascarenhas weaves together a complicated plot and provides and interesting new view of time travel, one that is centered around female scientists who change the course of the world and their complicated relationships. The openness of the time travel is what intrigued me most and how the characters had to navigate within that world. They could travel back and forth on their own timeline, meet and interact with themselves, and they knew when they would die and when their loved ones would die. The world functioned within the limitations created by these facts.
One thing that got to me was that I sometimes found the characters blended together and it would take me a minute to remember who was who (this might just be a function of my over-worked brain haha) but it didn’t too negatively affect my reading experience.
Overall, it was a fantastic book, and the different strings were pulled together expertly at the end.
I’d recommend this one to people who are looking for some women heavy speculative fiction and love time travel and mysteries. Or really, 2/3 of these things will probably do.
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