Paradox Bound

Paradox Bound

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Eli Teague leaves his small town in Maine to accompany a time traveler on an adventure in a steampunked Ford Model A through two centuries of American history.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780553418330
0553418335
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 24 cm

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fineplan Dec 08, 2017

This was an excellent ride through time. The characters are charming, the action is perfect, the world building solid -- or as solid as can be with time travel novels, anyway. Despite the characters being "paradox bound" this may be the first time I have read a time travel novel -- and I've read quite a few! -- where I didn't get knocked out of the story thinking, "Wait... That doesn't actually make sense with time travel..." True, not everything is explained in any detail, but I had enough faith in the book to just believe that things worked as advertised. I'd also say that the ending was perfectly satisfying. I was worried as I neared the end, because I wasn't sure how the Dream could be found in so few pages and have everything work out in a way that made sense with the characters. Clines did it though!

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NedSu
Oct 10, 2017

I try to read every book Peter Clines writes. His protagonists are the kind of people I would like to be, set in a backdrop that is a well thought out world, This book is of the same ilk, albeit in a world/universe that is well off most worlds ever visited by mere mortal authors.

I'm pretty sure that I didn't understand most of Paradox Bound's universe, but I was able to keep up with the characters. Cline's talent is in making the characters believable in an unbelievable world. It's not time travel, it's history travel, and the search for the American Dream is literal, so seeming paradoxes unfold chapter by chapter. His character dialogue is akin to John Scalzi's or early John Barley and the novel zips along like a well tuned model A Ford. Even when the road slips and skids, and the exposition of paradoxes gives this reader a hours long headache, the plot moves along inexorably.

I heartily recommend this novel to anyone who doesn't mind an occasional headache.

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