Here and Now and Then is a time travel science fiction novel. Kin is a middle class father of one. He spends his days working in IT and his nights cooking. He is also a suffer of PTSD from his time spent in the military. Well, that is what he tells his family. He is really a time traveler from 2142. He has been trapped in this time long enough to establish a life. The more he is here the more his old life starts slipping away. Until his beacon sends one last signal and a mission is dispatched to bring him home. Only he already had a home that he built.
Now Kin is trying to remember his life in 2142, and the daughter that he left behind in the past. He is torn between two times and does not know how to handle it. Here and Now and Then is a science fiction novel that looks more at the psychological aspect of time travel. It is extremely character based, with technology being more of a prop then the central feature. This is my favorite type of science fiction novel.
Kin's time in the 1990s is the most vivid aspect of the book. When he is back in the 2142 it is hard to connect to the time and the characters. While I believe this was a deliberate move on the author's part, it felt awkward reading and not connecting. However, by the end of the novel I could not have imagined him writing it any other way.
I was often left wondering what would happen next. Every time I figured out the next step I would find out that it was not possible. I had no idea what way the novel would turn. It was frustrating, in a good way. I love how not predictable it was. Especially because I absolutely loved how he ended it. Also, there were some great current science fiction references.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Life Before Legend is a short story collection that is a prequel to the Legend's trilogy. It contains two short stories, one for Day and one for June. The stories are more of an introduction, with the idea that you already have read the trilogy before the short stories.
Of the two stories, my favorite was Days. They were both well written, it was just that June's was a bit more predictable. I already had most of her story pictured.
It really is a quick read, but it was great to have this to turn to after finished the trilogy. I was having a huge book hangover, and one last read of the characters was perfect.
I was not sure how much I would enjoy this book. I like superhero stories, but I am a more passive consumer. I could not tell you all the differences between the Batman universe. I do adore Marie Lu's writing. She did not disappoint in this novel.
Batman: Nightwalker is a YA version of Batman. It starts on Bruce Wayne's 18th birthday and follows him for a short period of time. I am not sure how much of the book would fit into Batman cannon, but I did notice a few elements - such as his best friend Harvey Dent. Bruce Wayne seemed to fit an earlier version of Batman. I enjoyed how Lu mixed in elements of pre-training that made it believable that this young man would go on to become a superhero. I did feel like Bruce Wayne lost a bit of his pre Batman identity and became more of a troupe YA male character. However, this was only for a small section of the book.
I really enjoyed the way that Lu ended the book. I wish that there was a sequel specifically for the Batman section. However, I loved this book so much that I will now be checking out the rest of the series (written by different authors).
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