4 out of 4 stars
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Worldlines by Adam Guest is the first book of the Many Worlds series. Gary Jackson stabs his girlfriend, Michelle Peyton, with a kitchen knife right in her neck. It all happens at a birthday party of their mutual friend, Sinead O’Brien, in front of her guests. Michelle dies, and Gary is taken into custody for her alleged murder. The case seems to be so clear, but Gary sincerely doesn't remember himself killing his beloved one.
The problem is, there are many Garys, many Michelles, and many versions of reality or Worldlines. From time to time, they interact with each other. So, Gary Jackson from another one Worldline stabbed Michelle via lucid dreaming, thinking it was just a dream. He did so because Michelle turned him down after he had been hit by a lorry years ago. But his actions caused real consequences for Gary Jackson, who avoided that very lorry and had been dating Michelle since that time. Now they must find a point of intersection of their Wordlines to get the innocent Gary Jackson out of troubles.
I would classify this book as a criminal drama with a sci-fi element. I would expect more colorful descriptions from a science fiction novel, but this book mainly provides us with the everyday routine of the main character and those close to him.
In my opinion, the characters lack some depth, and the dialogues are too formal. The narrative is repetitive, a bit dry, and too detailed. All the mentioned above makes the reading quite tiresome from time to time, and that's what I dislike most about the book.
Frankly speaking, I couldn't emotionally connect with the protagonist in any of his versions. Also, I wouldn't call him reliable. Sinead O’Brien was the character I liked most because of her loyalty and willingness to help under any circumstances.
My most favorite aspect of the book is the main idea behind it. The theory of many worlds is given by the author in a simple, easy to comprehend manner. He also explores the popular theory of lucid dreaming connected to the possible multiverse versus the universe as we know it. This book inspired me to look deeper into the well-known hypothesis of many worlds that the author managed to present in a fresh and intriguing way.
Also, the classic concept of an evil doppelgänger from the other dimension definitely remains amusing and popular until the present day.
Considering the mentioned above positive moments of the book and that it was professionally edited, I gave it 4 out of 4 stars.
This book has instances of profanity, mild sexual content, and scenes of violence. Thus, the very young audience should not read it. The book mainly avoids religious themes, but it tells about so called quantum immortality, meaning the immortality of human consciousness within the theories of the quantum mechanics. I believe that it couldn't be offensive to the followers of any religion or non-believers.
I recommend this book to all who are interested in quantum mechanics, crime fiction novels, and the sci-fi genre.
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