I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Paradox Bound by Peter Clines
Published by Crown on September 26th 2017
Genres: Sci Fi
An ingenious, irresistible new time-travel thriller from the author of The Fold and the Ex-Heroes series
Eli’s willing to admit it: he’s a little obsessed with the mysterious woman he met years ago. Okay, maybe a lot obsessed. But come on, how often do you meet someone who’s driving a hundred-year-old car, clad in Revolutionary-War era clothes, wielding an oddly modified flintlock rifle—someone who pauses just long enough to reveal strange things about you and your world before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires?
So when the traveler finally reappears in his life, Eli is determined that this time he’s not going to let her go without getting some answers. But his determination soon leads him into a strange, dangerous world and a chase not just across the country but through a hundred years of history—with nothing less than America’s past, present, and future at stake.
This is about a journey across America while time traveling. There’s one character, Harry, that meets Eli very early in Eli’s life and talks about how they’re too early. They see each other multiple times through Eli’s life, at certain stages. Harry doesn’t quite trust Eli and keeps telling him that she’s looking for something she’s lost. While all this is happening, they’re being chased by the Faceless men, through time and across America.
While a good book, I’m a fan of Peter Clines, and I enjoy the idea but while comparing this to his other stories, it feels like this one stalls a bit more than the others. A few times in the book there are places where there doesn’t feel to be any movement by the characters.
The paradox is a very important aspect of the plot, which takes time to develop, but all is figured out by the end. This portion of the plot was my favorite. From a sci fi point of view, this is very unique, which is getting harder and harder in this genre. Sort of like American Gods, going from point a to point b to interview different people and get an idea of who they are and what their ambitions were.
Although Sci Fi, this is a plot that is very relevant to today’s world. To any America, really. The characters were good, but I liked one of the villains better. There is more of a back story for him and it made me more curious as to what was going to happen to him. More so than the main characters. While the characters weren’t bad, they just didn’t pull me in as well as some of Peter Clines’s other characters have.
The ending tied everything very well, opened it up for a sequel, and made me curious for more. I have read better time travel, and I have read better sci fi from Peter Clines, but I wouldn’t say no if there was a book two.
|Overall:||3.7 / 5|