The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz
Reviewed by Sam!
**We received a copy of this from BookCon! We’d like to thank Annalee and Tor Books for the opportunity to read and review. This book comes out on Sept 24th and you can get it here**
From Annalee Newitz, founding editor of io9, comes a story of time travel, murder, and the lengths we’ll go to protect the ones we love.
1992: After a confrontation at a riot grrl concert, seventeen-year-old Beth finds herself in a car with her friend’s abusive boyfriend dead in the backseat, agreeing to help her friends hide the body. This murder sets Beth and her friends on a path of escalating violence and vengeance as they realize many other young women in the world need protecting too.
2022: Determined to use time travel to create a safer future, Tess has dedicated her life to visiting key moments in history and fighting for change. But rewriting the timeline isn’t as simple as editing one person or event. And just when Tess believes she’s found a way to make an edit that actually sticks, she encounters a group of dangerous travelers bent on stopping her at any cost.
Tess and Beth’s lives intertwine as war breaks out across the timeline–a war that threatens to destroy time travel and leave only a small group of elites with the power to shape the past, present, and future. Against the vast and intricate forces of history and humanity, is it possible for a single person’s actions to echo throughout the timeline?
Synopsis from Goodreads
What I drank prior: IM AT BOOKNETFEST YALL Hangin with the crew and drinkin. Everyone here is beautiful and welcoming and I’m having so much fucking fun. A bunch of vodka crans with pineapple. At least 4 probably 5 solo cups and they were strong pours.
Spoiler-free Overview: so what is the overview of this god damn book? It’s basically The Handmaid’s Tale but with time travel. Our main time traveler, Tess, has figured out that there’s a time travel edit war happenejng that’s tryna get rid of women’s rights. For example, abortion has never been legal in the States in this world. There’s also a murder mystery. It’s a whole story within a story.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: guys this book is important. This book is real. This book has themes that need to be explored over every medium and platform and screamed from the mountain tops. It had its issues but damn was it good.
Characters: this is a time travel story so we have that to deal with. Characters change over time, but also change as the past changes. Tess is fantastic as a character. She grows and learns but also is a literal academic in time travel and knows what she’s about. Beth is a teenager who just wants to live her life and get to college. Her experiences and thoughts are just so real.
The supporting cast also deserves a super shout out for having their own agency and voice. Assel and Soph are THE BEST.
Plot: there were definitely some pacing issues with this book. I was interested enough in the overall plot that it kept me going, but the side plots were just…. fine? The middle section felt slow to me.
Writing Style: whenever I get to this section I forget. So….
World Building: I LOVED this world. In this, time travel is just a known. It has been a known and there’s fun dialogue around it. I really wish I was given more info about the time machines and where they came from. GIVE ME MY ALIEN PLOT YOU COWARDS.
What to pair it with: I’m gonna go with a gin fizz. Jordan from The Jordan Journals and I had a LONG ASS CONVERSATION about it. It’s future-y but also contemporary and it’s great.
Rating: 3.75/5 stars
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,