One choice. Two possible timelines. And a world hanging in the balance.It’s the summer of 1986 and reluctant prodigy Nick Hayes is a student at Cambridge University, working with world-renowned mathematician Professor Halligan. He just wants to be a regular student, but regular isn’t really an option for a boy-genius cancer survivor who’s already dabbled in time travel.
When he crosses paths with a mysterious yet curiously familiar girl, Nick discovers that creases have appeared in the fabric of time, and that he is at the centre of the disruption. Only Nick can resolve this time paradox before the damage becomes catastrophic for both him and the future of the world. Time is running out—literally.
Wrapped up with him in this potentially apocalyptic scenario are his ex-girlfriend, Mia, and fellow student Helen. Facing the world-ending chaos of a split in time, Nick must act fast and make the choice of a lifetime—or lifetimes.
I was really excited to get my hands on this book. It’s the sequel to One World Kill, one of my favourite YA novels to come out this year. Set in the eighties, it’s a fiction set with a background of Dungeons & Dragons, teenage love and lots of timey-wimey stuff. The first was one of the best non Dr Who books I’d read, and I was hoping to find out what happened to the gang in this new instalment.
It’s always hard to write a review of a sequel without giving away too many spoliers. So stop here if you haven’t read One World Kill (go here for a review of that book and a chance to buy). Ok I hope all those who read on are converts to the Impossible Times series, so I’ll begin.
It was kinda nice to get back into the setting for this book. There’s something of a nerdish glee to this series, but maybe that’s just me. I just wanted to see how Nick and Mia fared out, find how Nick managed to build a time machine and what big bangs would come along the way.
We start with Nick at Cambridge University, working with a professor of Maths. He’s now just sixteen and a child genius. The first chapter has him involved in a punt race, a race to stop being beaten up by a group of bullies (yeah even at uni). A girl comes to his rescue and invites him back to her rooms. This is his first meeting with Helen, a face familiar to him but he can’t work out how. She obviously has a big part to play in the story.
Bad news is Nick obviously never acted on the note he left himself and Mia has a new boyfriend when the D&D group meet again, this time sans Elton. This time its Sam, an actor who has great looks. Sam proceeds to wind the rest of the group up and they plot between themselves to get rid of his game character.This story, like the first, interweaves D&D with what’s happening in the world outside. with both plots being closely aligned.
For me this book is a joy to read, I love the way things get complicated, who’d have figured that out 😉 Nick probably faces his biggest challenges in this book with complications with his illness and the strains of time anomalies seeking to destroy him totally. The hospital scenes are well written. I takes me back to those horrible days inside, the stench of the vomiting and the hospital smell that seems to go with you even when you’ve left.
Is this as good a book as the first or does it fall into the trap of many a series in being a bridge between the beginning and end? Well fellow travellers I can tell you it’s a cracker of a read. There’s loads of stuff happening, in fact maybe more than the first. The book has a great ending, yet leaving the door open for the final instalment. I actually enjoyed this more than the first, it was that good. It’s also I see on Amazon Unlimited for free at the moment.
This ARC book was sent for a fair and honest review by the author via NetGallery . The resulting review is my honest thoughts after reading the book.