Sunday, November 22, 2015

No True Echo by Gareth P. Jones

Eddie's mother died in a car accident when he was a baby so he lives with his grandmother.  He is not expecting anything unusual but his life gets mixed up with the arrival of a new girl named Scarlet.  She's beautiful and Eddie is instantly tongue-tied around her, especially when she begins talking about things that make no sense and refuses to answer any of his questions about what might be happening.  But all of that pales in comparison when he witnesses his favorite teacher murdering the man who might be his father and then wakes up to find that he's reliving the same day all over again.  Gradually, Eddie finds out that his mother and (possible) father are the inventors of Echo Technology which allows time travel.  The problem is, not everyone in the future has been playing by the rules and several timelines have been created so it's up to Scarlet to figure out which reality is the original reality.  As he relives the day, Eddie finds out about his various pasts and futures, one of which allows him to meet his mother for the first time.

What happened?  That's my first response to this book.  Like most time travel stories it leaves you trying to account for the loopholes inherent in time travel.  What Jones does that is smart is he has the characters say that you're not going to understand it so don't try, implying that in the future this will all make sense for all of us.  I appreciate the out he has given himself but that didn't stop me from wondering what had just happened.  Eddie's overlapping days and lives left me more than a little confused at times but the story is nicely grounded in his relationships.