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Tim Peregrine, a high school History teacher, lost his parents and his house on the same night. Following the death of his unborn child, his wife walked away. Tim became a shell of the man he once was, spending his aimless days lecturing the inattentive classes. Then one day, he received his death sentence in the form of a diagnosis of a stage four liver cancer. Coincidentally, he came across a group professing to transport people in time. Having lost all hope, Tim decided to take the plunge, adding a little thrill to his already numbered days.
The premise of The Traveler’s Best Seller, by Rick Incorvia, might not sound unique at first glance. However, what came after Tim embarked on his journeys blew my mind.
The outlook on life and death presented here made me ponder. Death, so ominously present from the very start of the novel, places everything in perspective. How do the trivial issues of our lives even matter when we confront death, the ultimate? Then again, is death really the ultimate? Can you prove your worth in this world, so that you are remembered and loved even after you cease existing? Can you leave your mark? Can you change a life for better? Can you make a difference?
The major theme of the novel centers on living life to the fullest without regrets. Incorvia implores us not to wait for death to come knocking before we appreciate the value of life. Another interconnected theme is the importance of living life on our own terms. It does not matter what we do, as long as we are passionate about it. There is no need to pay heed to how others judge us, we only have to be true to ourselves.
Aside from the themes, the contents were also enriching. The adventures of Tim, the traveler, had me hooked. A few intense scenes evoked a multitude of emotions within me. For instance, when a girl describes the effects of an orchestra on her mind, I could not help feeling what she experienced. At another point, Tim narrates his falling out with a childhood friend. This made me reminisce about the friends I have lost over the years.
Tim, as a character, shows gradual evolution. Ironically, it is his altercation with death that resuscitates him to life. To the author’s credit, the readers can easily relate with him. We feel dejected at his hopelessness, elated when he delves into fascinating adventures. When he comprehends the power of forgiveness and love, we equally share his peaceful feelings. Somewhere along the line, Tim’s journey becomes our own story. The book ends in an optimistic note that emphasizes the worth of life once again.
The single negative point I can mention is that Tim’s first adventure sounded a little dragged. However, by the time I ended the book, I felt so enthralled it did not even matter. It contains a few errors, but none too obvious.
In my opinion, this book deserves 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend it to readers interested in History and time travel stories. Additionally, those who feel they have lost all hope will definitely find this useful. All things considered, The Traveler’s Best Seller was a truly uplifting read.
The Traveler's Best Seller
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