~ Synopsis ~
You will never read Denny Younger’s name in any history book, will never know what he’s done.
But even if you did, you’d never believe it.
The world as you know it wouldn’t be the same without him.
Denny was born into one of the lowest rungs of society, but his bleak fortunes abruptly change when the mysterious Upjohn Institute recruits him to be a Rewinder, a verifier of personal histories. The job at first sounds like it involves researching old books and records, but Denny soon learns it’s far from it.
A Rewinder’s job is to observe history.
Embracing his new life with enthusiasm, Denny witnesses things he could never even imagine before. But as exciting a life as this is, there are dangers, too. For even the smallest error can have consequences.
Time, after all, is merely a reference point.
“Brett Battles can write anything. One of my favorite thriller writers is back with something absolutely new, a time-hopping dazzler set in a (possibly) alternative future. Not only does the story take off like a rocket, but it held me to the last word. REWINDER has it all — characters, settings, reversals, and a couple of scenes that could rank among the best in ‘Orphan Black.’”
— Timothy Hallinan, author of the Poke Rafferty thrillers and the Junior Bender mysteries
~ Review by Jessica ~
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*
At the risk of sounding overenthusiastic- THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.
I have heard a lot of great things about Brett’s other books in the past, yet for some crazy reason this is the first one I have read. And now I have a lot of catching up to do. You know those authors you find and you love their writing style so much you will just blindly buy anything they put out? Yeah. That.
Denny Younger comes from an alternate present time where he’s pretty low in the caste system. However his studious nature earns him some impressive test scores and he ends up with the opportunity of a lifetime. The only catch being that he will not be told what this prestigious job is until he has accepted. So Denny, with not much to lose, jumps blindly into the life altering occupation of a Rewinder.
Now, you might think you see where this is going- boy becomes time traveler, boy messes up something in the past, boy must stumble around trying to fix his error… but you’d be wrong. Well, technically all of that happens, so you’d be right… But only partially right. It is SO much more than that. Trust me.
The plot moves along at a great pace through the beginning of the book and then you get about half way and… BOOM. At this point you’d better have a few hours set aside, because you’re not going to want to put it down until you’ve finished. I don’t want to give anything away, but here’s a summary of my thoughts while reading:
“What?” “Wait… WHAT??” *stunned silence* “NO. WAY.” *gasp* “Denny- WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!!” ” Ooh, THAT’S what you were doing!” Etc…
You get the point. So at the risk of sounding repetitive- THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. The characters are well developed and interesting, the pacing is excellent, and the plot is pure genius. I highly recommend this to everyone. I’ll be telling all my friends to read it. And if you see a crazy lady handing them out on a street corner yelling, “Read this book! Everyone! You must!” well, maybe bring me a drink or something. Accosting strangers is thirsty work. 5 books!