4 out of 4 stars
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Tom Larsen was an orphan who regularly switched schools. Finding chess, for him, meant his first taste of structure. At fourteen, he could often beat the older, more seasoned players in the weekly tournament. He can recall the exact day he met Regina Russo while playing chess. This meeting would change his life forever, though he didn’t know it yet.
Regina Russo is a beautiful physics professor at Northern University. She explains to Ron that physics is “Figuring out how things work.” Ron sees Regina occasionally, and we follow Ron through high school, where he pushes himself to get the opportunity to be in Regina’s classes. It is clear from these classes that Regina has some ideas that differ from other physicists. As we follow Ron, he lives a normal life and goes about his daily business after high school. One day, he finds Regina on his front porch. She offers him a grand opportunity. Will Ron take this opportunity? What is Regina’s interest in Ron? Will Regina’s ideas about physics lead Ron to ruin or riches? Find out in Timewise, by Robert Leet.
Timewise may be fiction, but the science behind it is very real. I enjoyed reading about the science of physics so much, and it actually made me look up physics experiments to learn a little more. At first, I was a little overwhelmed by the idea of reading a physics-heavy text, as I’m more of a social science lover, but I found most of the science to be fairly easy to comprehend. It did take me a little time to read and re-read some parts of the book to grasp the science behind it, but Leet does a great job explaining complex physical concepts in basic terms.
Filled with rich descriptions of characters and New England towns, Leet’s book is beautifully written to keep readers turning pages. I have to admit I stayed up late most nights devouring this book! I enjoyed the elaborate architectural descriptions almost as much as I enjoyed the depth of character development. Leet also has a witty, sarcastic writing style that had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. The only problem I had with this book was one of Ron’s relationships that I felt could have been more fleshed out.
Because I loved this book so much and had only one minor issue with it, I’m happy to give Timewise four out of four stars. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and it even sparked several interesting conversations with my husband, who I hope will read the book for himself. The book does have a few curse words, but they are very sparse and not overdone. I found only a couple of minor errors. I think this book would be great for all ages and those with varied interests. Timewise was one of my first sci-fi books, and it was a great introduction to the genre.
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