All Our Wrong Todays

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All Our Wrong Todays is a great reminder that our lives are more beautiful when messy. When looking at those around us, the grass may be greener, but rarely is it better! Those who are in the middle of a messy life will get find much-needed encouragement and a reminder that usually the only person to see our mess is ourselves.
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I always enjoy a good time travel story, as long as the basic logistics make sense. There were a few reasonable twists that kept me engaged and I really liked that the author is Canadian and made Canadian references. I would recommend this title to anyone looking for a time travel sci-fi with some humour and a love story in the mix.
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This reminded me a lot of Dark Matter as in not really being about the science (/time travel) but the MC's life and what he wants from it. The problem is, the main character couldn't make me care even half as much as Dark Matter's MC did and I was actually pretty annoyed with him at times. It definitely has its good parts (it IS close to a 4-star rating) and a great overall idea but also parts I really didn't need (sexism, rape).
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I think I'm still processing this one.  Part of me really liked it, part of me really didn't. On the whole I think there were some really great parts and some parts that seem unnecessary in hindsight.  I know that's a terrible review.  I loved the concept of this book, I liked the way it kept me interested and curious.  The main character was quite hard to like at first, but have hope, he pulls through and you actually do root for him.  The contrast between now and their now was very interesting to me and I sort of wish there was a bit more of that, but it's not necessary to the story so I get not drawing that out.  I do recommend this book, and I will look for more by this author, I like his voice and want more of what he has to say.
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So I did not finish this book. I tried on two different occasions to read this book but could not get into it. The premise is very interesting and the beginning is as well. The way the character describes the world he’s from and how the world has made people lazy, which kind of reminds me of the Disney movie Wall-e, that science now has made the world too simple. And so being in a world or time period that is like our current is very strange. Imagining someone one coming from such a futuristic time and landing in our present time can be very daunting. But other than that I just found the main character annoying. I did not like the writing style and because of it I just didn’t care. I was hoping to enjoy this and I do see plenty of people did enjoy this. I just don’t think I was the right reader for this book.
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When I read the synopsis of this book I was all over it, time travel? Heck yes.  Someone screwing up our timeline and trying to fix it?  Double heck yes!  But, the more I read this book the more bored and disappointed I was with it.  Tom as a character was boring, the more I read about him the more I didn't want to know about him.  He had zero character development.  From the beginning he was screwing up his life and I'm okay with that, I read tons of books and lots of characters start like that, but he just kept screwing things up more and more and more until the very end.  He is the POV of this book and I didn't connect with him, so...that ruined the whole book for me.
Without trying to ruin and not spoil the book for anyone that wants to read the book, Tom lives in a 2016 that is all techno-utopian paradise, I mean you don't have to worry about a thing on this world, not even food.  But Tom?  He somehow isn't happy and he somehow isn't happy and doesn't find himself at all and just knows how to screw everything up.  He ends up on a time travel assignment that brings him to where it all started and guess what?  Yep, he screws up the whole world by going back.  By the time he comes back to 2016, the world is not the same, but somehow is life is amazing, he has the perfect life that he has always dreamed of, the perfect soulmate and everything.  But he starts to question if he needs to go back in time to fix the future again or leave it the way is  What does he do?  Well, you will have to read it do find out.

What rating did I give this book?  3 stars, I enjoyed the science part of it but that's about it.  Still disappointed it about it.  I wanted more out of it...I did received an eARC from Netgalley.
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I feel bad but I abandoned this book. I cannot really judge it. I can only say that I wanted to read it based on the synopsis, but when I started reading it I knew right away this wasn't the book for me.
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This is an exciting adventure, but also something much more. The fictional character, Tom Barren, writes his memoir, speaking fluidly to the reader, herself. The character development is very effective, creating vivid and real characters, and the writing flows smoothly and naturally. The author leads the reader to actually believe in this story, as fictitious characters blend with real, historical ones.  A fabulous read!
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I picked this up because it was blurbed as being similar to Jo Walton's "All Our Real Children." It's not. It is, however, the entertaining tale of Tom Barren, denizen of a world in which technology is hyper-realized, getting stuck in a world much like our own. Life is messy. Would you want perfection without heart, or love in a vastly imperfect world? Science fiction with heart. Highly plot driven, yet contains interesting family relationships.
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Time travel paradox: What would you do if your actions changed your own time line? 

Tom Barren’s world of 2016 is a future that looks like the Jettson’s TV show with sleek buildings, robotic maids and hovercrafts. It is full of technology, (most) everyone is happy and (most) people finds their work in a field of entertainment or exploration. Tom’s parents are a strange, aloof couple and, sadly, Tom doesn’t have the focus or drive to keep a job, much less a career. He is pretty much a second rate loser who fantasizes about women and currently about one particular woman, Penelope, a brilliant young woman who is now the lead chrononaut on his father’s time travel team. Tom has been given the position of her understudy due to a freak accident four months earlier and a moment of pity from his father.

Tom’s father is a famous scientist who is about to run the first time travel experiment. His calculations are keyed to a specific time and energy signature in 1965 when another scientist unveiled the experiment that created endless free, clean energy which allowed the world to become Tom’s remarkable world in 2016.

The night before the trip in time Tom manages to mess up life again – for himself, Penelope and his father. In an extreme moment, Tom plunges himself into the time machine without being fully prepared – as usual. His arrival is partially successful but results in a glitch that changes time.

Tom awakens in a new 2016 as John Barren who has had a fall at a construction site. John is everything that Tom wasn’t. He is a driven, successful, wealthy architect with loving parents and a bright, sassy sister. No one believes Tom/John’s story of another timeline even as he is determined to set things right. But then he meets a wonderful bookstore owner, Penny who could be the love of his life. This would be a beautiful life, but it isn’t Tom’s life.

Tom/John must search out a way to proof his craziness, especially to Penny. That sets him across continents and times where he discovers that messing with time isn’t always a good thing.

Tom is somewhat of a shallow, miserable character making the beginning of the story slow and hard to get into. But once he travels back in time things become complex and interesting…and Tom even matures along the way. The story is more about the consequences of time travel than the travel itself, although there is some of that too in an interesting span.

I enjoy the paradox of time travel and this story is fun once it gets going. I recommend this to sci fi fans who enjoy the issues raised by time travel.
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2016 is a glittery tech-utopia. It's the kind of world that the science fiction of the 1950s predicted. That is until Tom Barron takes the first trip ever back in time and makes a colossal mistake. His return trip doesn't take him back to his 2016 but to ours. This alternate version of the world appears as an utter wasteland to Tom, but his family, his career, and his relationships have much more potential in this timeline.

All Our Wrong Todays is a campy time-paradox conundrum that also manages to be kind of heartbreaking and emotional. I really enjoyed Elan Mastai's debut novel.
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What a unique interesting read. The characters were well formed, the plot like nothing I’ve read before, the timeline stellar!  I liked this hooked until I was ablout 40% of the way through, then I loved it!  Can’t wait for this authors next book. Can’t wait for the movie!
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I really loved this book - so much that I hesitated to write a review because nothing sounded good enough.  I had All Our Wrong Todays on my To Read list for almost a year and don't  know why it took me so long to read it.  I enjoy reading and speculating about time travel.   At first, I thought this book was too much like "A Hitchhikers  Guide to the Galaxy", but it was so much more than just being "out there" and silly.  The story was really complex and interesting and had a poignant, humanistic twist that I loved.
Sorry for the late review  and I wish all the best to this wonderful author!!
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The book sounded really interesting but I just couldn't get into the story.
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This book reminded me of Back to the Future, only with an older and much more introspective Marty McFly. The story takes place in the present, in a world very similar to our world today, with one small exception – the discovery of a source of unlimited power. And this world makes our technology revolution look like the Dark Ages. But when the hero of our story, Tom Barren, takes a trip back in time to observe this world shaking discovery, something drastic happens, and Tom is faced with some difficult moral dilemmas. 

This book is a spectacular combination of literary fiction and science fiction. The combination of humor, strong and unexpected plot twists, and excellent writing made this a wonderful read. Loved it!
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Dutton and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of All Our Wrong Todays.  I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

A time travel book, when done well, can provide readers with a feeling of exhilaration, an air of mystery, and a clear view of life how it might be given certain timeline changes.  Unfortunately, none of the above happened for me when reading All Our Wrong Todays.  In an attempt to connect with readers, the author chose a more narrative style of introducing the main character of Tom Barren.  This only served to give me a view of a guy who is more interested in pursuing the love of his life than trying to understand why it might be wrong to live in the "wrong today".

All Our Wrong Todays is science fiction, yet the author spent too much time trying to get the book to fit into the more mainstreamed world of fiction.  As the teaser to this book revealed a speculative fiction concept, I was expecting science fiction.  Instead, I was treated to a whiny guy who was more interested in securing his own happiness than thinking both his universe and the alternative one.  Clearly, this was not the book for me, but readers who are a fan of science fiction concepts without a hard core edge may find it to their liking.
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The time travel parts of this book were very interesting, but those science fiction elements were in service to a story about relationships, romance, and the question of the self that was far less enjoyable. This was mainly because all the women in the story—but especially the love interest—were props, in service to the self exploration of the protagonist. The protagonist's romantic interest is utterly available and totally forgiving, and when he (or "his body", what an excuse!) causes her horrible trauma it is only important to the story as far as his own self esteem and self reflection.
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Fans of the science-centric thriller Dark Matter, here's another good one! Now don't get me wrong, tonally these are different stories - I'd say Dark Matter is the darker, more dangerous cousin to All Our Wrong Todays. But both do share honestly terrifying science, incredibly enormous repercussions, and addicting, driving plots. Mastai, however, uses a lighter hand, with a bit more humor and a ton of heart. Honestly, I found a surprising amount of emotion and lovely moments, and I dog-earred quite a few pages with some astonishment.

Overall really enjoyed! Will be interested to see what Mastai does next.
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A couple of fresh takes on time travel/alternate realities/the road less traveled here. It's a brick of a book, but very rewarding in the end - I was thinking about the characters and setting and situation long after I closed the back cover.
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Time travel novels have been done again and again so I was somewhat skeptical when I started reading, but Mastai gives a genuinely new and interesting twist on the concept. The book grabbed me right away and was gripping and interesting until the end.
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