SciFiMonth: Top Three Turn Back Time

Today’s SciFiMonth prompt is ‘Turn Back Time’. Time travel is fascinating. I like how each time travel story has its own rules and its own approach to time. This makes time travel books usually creative with interesting and complex plots. I haven’t read a lot in this subgenre, but I definitively want to explore it more. These are my favourites so far:

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

This novella is made up of letters between two time travelling agents on different sides of a war. They call themselves Red and Blue. Their poetic letters slowly grow into something romantic that could change everything. The story is beautifully written!

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

On the night of an important concert, Etta is thrown hundreds of years back in time. With her new-found time travel abilities Etta gets involved in the hunt for a powerful object. I liked how time travel is executed in this book. The world building made me want to travel to the places and times myself. Passenger also has a sequel I still want to read.

Singing the Dogstar Blues by Alison Goodman

This book is set somewhere in the future at the Centre for Neo-Historical Studies where Joss studies time travel. For the first time an alien becomes a student at this university. He chooses Joss as study partner. This fun and enjoyable book is really underrated. I especially love that, for a change, friendship is central to the story instead of romance.

Still on my TBR:

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4 thoughts on “SciFiMonth: Top Three Turn Back Time

  1. Hallo, Hallo, Anouk,

    I’m travelling through the Mission Logs for #SciFiMonth, as I spent the week contemplating Time Travel narratives myself and sorting out which stories I’ve read over the past nine years I felt lifted the genre a bit and I used it as a way to compile everything I’ve found or shared on my blog. It was quite the deep dive into my blog and I’m grateful for it. Now, I’m excited to find what others are blogging about and seeing which books are being highlighted.

    The Time War novel sounds like something I might enjoy — depending on what it involves, because I love stories that involve letters & correspondences (ie. Epistolary). It is an interesting method of telling a story and I loved this technique in “Letters from Skye”.

    Passenger has been on my TBR for ages… I am not sure why I never borrowed it either. Hmm. Thanks for cluing into the fact this has a sequel – I will have to remember that if/when I start this one!

    I agree with you. It is nice when stories focus on something other than romantic connections (even though I love those it is nice to have a break from them) — as there are all kinds of relationships and friendships which are not romantically inclined. Good list!

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