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Review – The Future of Another Timeline

The Future of Another Timeline
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  • Writing - 8/10
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  • Development - 7/10
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Summary

Author: Annalee Newitz
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272 pages
Release Date: September 24th 2019
Description:
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?

 

The Future of Another Timeline is a feminist time travel novel, full of punk rock and suffragette vibes.

 

The Future of Another Timeline

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz blends feminist fiction, punk rock, time travel, and LGBT+ rights all into one intense and condensed novel. There are some heavy subjects and themes covered in this novel, making it similar to The Handmaid’s Tale (until you hit the time traveling bits, that is). But it is worth the read for a variety of reasons. 

The novel follows the discovery of time travel, during which several different groups seek to make alterations that would better fit their political agendas. On one side is the Daughters of Harriet—a group of women trying to better the rights for women and allies alike. On the other side are Comstocker’s men—men who want to remove all rights from women (along with anybody who doesn’t identify as a straight man).

Annalee Newitz - The Future of Another Timeline

In this character-driven story, these two groups clash again and again. The unique perspective on time traveling will make it memorable, and there’s no doubt that this book will leave a lasting impact on the readers.

Writing

Annalee Newitz took multiple themes and concepts and somehow fit them together into something that was entirely new in a world full of time travel novels. The Future of Another Timeline defies expectations, while also providing some serious food for thought.

The Future of Another Timeline was intense yet beautifully written novel. It proves that powerful novels can come from the most unexpected places. And it was exceptionally respectful of some of the heavier subjects mentioned within its pages (such as sexism, transphobia, and antisemitism).

There are two main perspectives in this novel: Tess, and Beth. Tess is the time traveler in the novel, a fact that is quickly established. And Beth is a teenage girl living in 1992. I know these two don’t seem like they have much in common, but their tales do weave together as the novel progresses.

Development

The Future of Another Timeline threw us right into the middle of things, wasting no time in introducing us to one of the two main perspectives, and her mission. From there the dramatic revelations slow down. Instead, the two separate stories move forward, slowly unraveling the mystery of how they’re both connected.

The novel jumps around in several points of time, but consistently only shows two main perspectives. This helps to ground the plot, while also having a broader range of events to show the readers.

This novel had a unique take on time travel. The machines allowing for time travel were different than I had expected. Additionally, the methods for instilling and maintaining change diverged slightly from typical time travel laws. The unexpected handling subverted expectations, while also allowing it to fit in well with the overrunning theme of the story. I’ve read more than my fair share of time travel novels, but I’ve never quite seen anything like this one.

The Future of Another Timeline had a brilliant tone; this amazing punk rock edge in Beth’s side of the story, and a suffragette feel for Tess’ tales. The two combined oddly well, all things considered. Together they made something new and captivating.

Conclusion

The Future of Another Timeline was an emotional tale, pulling from the intense emotions created from the fight for equality. Admittedly, that does make The Future of Another Timeline a heavy read. But it’s one that will resonate with many readers—driving a deep and personal connection.

The unique take on time travel likely won’t fit the reader’s expectations, be that a good or a bad thing. But it does result in something different and memorable, no matter how you look at it.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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