4 out of 4 stars
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"My name is Gary Jackson, and like you, I will probably live forever."
This statement in the opening pages of this book caught my eyes and captured my attention. After that, I couldn't stop flipping through the pages of this quite intriguing book. The theory of the multiverse states that there are infinite parallel universes containing every possibility for any particular situation. I loved the parking ticket analogy, that if I got a parking ticket, there is always a parallel universe where I did not get it and yet another where my car was stolen. Adam Guest, in this fiction book, Worldlines, asks and answers these intriguing questions using a more interesting situation, death. What if death isn't guaranteed and we only think it is because everyone else around us is dying?
The book tells the story of Gary Jackson, a physics student at the University College of Southern England. With the help of his lecturer, Professor Leyton Buzzard, they explore the different possibilities around a near-death experience that Gary had on the road. The author narrates to us the two worldlines in Gary's life, one where he is hit by a lorry and sustains serious injuries and the other where he barely escapes being hit by a lorry. In one of those universes, he is the boyfriend to Michelle while in the other, Michelle rejects him. It gets quite interesting, he stabs someone in what was supposed to be a dream but is surprised when witnesses come forward and claim to have seen him kill. He is actually tried in court for murder. The question then poses itself: what if our dreams could turn into a reality? You sure want to read the book to get answers to some of these intriguing yet vital questions.
I absolutely loved this book. The plot of the story flowed really smoothly and effortlessly. The storyline, though not straightforward, was quite fascinating. I loved how the author incorporated his scientific theories and a beautiful family set-up without any hitches. The family story made the book sound even more authentic. It also added to the characters in the book, who were built-up really well, making the book really rich.
Adam's style of writing is impeccable. I loved that he wrote in the first person and that a lot of dialogue was involved. This added life to the book and made it even more plausible. I particularly loved the first conversation between professor Buzzard and Gary. It was interesting and thought-provoking. Buzzard comes out as not just smart, intelligent, and calm but also precise. He asks the right questions and almost every time gets the reaction he wants, that is, conjuring thoughts in his students' minds.
Unlike most sci-fiction books, this one addresses several themes in an effortless way. I liked the school set-up and the romance themes introduced. They were just conventional campus relationships which brought a different feel to the book. I loved the character of Gary. He was calm, intelligent, and most importantly real. I could not point out a thing I disliked about the book.
I give this book a perfect rating of 4 out of 4 stars. The book was professionally edited as I noticed very few errors. It contains some profanity and few erotic scenes and would, therefore, be suitable for readers above the legal age. I'd recommend the book to all lovers of physics and all those interested in the multiverse theory.
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