What happens when a group of women scientists invent time travel in the 1960s? The world as you know it will change, and yet it will also stay exactly the same. When the past and the future are unchangable it takes a clever narrator to combine that into a novel without causing major discrepancies in narration. Mascarenhas does this beautifully.
The Psychology of Time Travel is about the impact of time travel on people. It takes a fairly common science fiction topic and presents it in a novel way. While there are many subplots, the novel focuses on one major event, and follows the impact of that even through different people and different times. It creates a very plot focused novel that was brilliantly drafted.
Probably due to the nature of the narration, the characters are not the focus of the story. At times they can become secondary to the story. I ended up putting down the novel a few times, to finish reading another book. However, the story always stayed with me. I wanted to pick it back up and finish.
I really enjoyed the ending. It is one of the few books that I can think of where even the characters do not really know how the story ends, or I suppose most of the characters. I was still piecing things together after I had finished reading the last chapter. It is not that I did not know what happened, that was clear enough, I was just figuring out exactly what had happened.
(I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)
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