4 out of 4 stars
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The chess master, Ron Larson, meets the sketchy but beautiful Regina Russo one afternoon in the town square. This meeting kick-starts a journey that Ron had never dreamt of ever embarking on. Ron sees Regina go from his silly childhood crush to a mentor to whom he owes all of his success. A few years after he finishes school and ceases to answer to his mentor, he finds himself being drawn back to Regina and her well guarded scientific secret. Now he must find a way to improve on Regina's invention whilst also keeping the whole world (including the FBI) in the dark for the sake of world peace.
Timewise by Robert Leet is a book that speculates on the possibility of time travel and the existence of parallel universes. Although much of the hypothesis (in the book) about the true nature of time and the dangers of seeing into the future isn't proven, yet, these theories challenge the mind to explore other possibilities that we aren't aware of. Personally, the thought of time and how it can be manipulated got my head spinning for days (in a good way). Although the book centers on time and the science behind it, that is not the only theme in the book. The book follows Ron's life story from when he was a teenager through to when he became an adult. In this time he learned the importance of companionship, the importance of treating the earth right, and the beauty that comes with success.
The talk about quantum physics and all that it means in the book was quite educative to read about. Even though a good deal of the conversation on the subject matter between Ron and Regina went well over my head (a fact that I disliked, but that's on me), I found the conversations a little eye-opening. This is nice, but what I liked most about the book is the fact that the author, Robert Leet, added a lot of quotes in the book. No, these quotes weren't put in big bold letters at the start of each chapter. They were incorporated into conversations between characters. One of my favorite quotes was said by Cheryl when she was out picking plant specimens for her research. It goes like this, “If you simply learn to recognize what you see, you’ll only see what you already know. The trick is to recognize what you don’t know, to see what you don’t recognize. Then you can begin to learn.”
I enjoyed reading the book, but the only thing I disliked was the fact that I could only understand so much of what Professor Regina Russo talked about whenever she launched into lectures about times, space, and our universe as physicists see it. Half the time I was lost and confused because I honestly do not know much about all of that. But like I said above, that is on me and not the author. Moving on, I will like to say that as far as the plot, character development, the story told, and the editing done on the book are concerned, they are all on point. I loved them all and I hated nothing.
It is my pleasure to award Timewise the perfect rating of 4 out of 4 stars. Even though the talk of science and physics by Regina Russo went straight over my head, I am glad that I read this book. I am not a science student, but I learned a thing or two about Newton's law and I saw our universe through the eyes of a physicist. I must confess that that experience was beautiful (confusing but beautiful all the same). That aside, the main reason why I award Timewise a perfect rating is that Robert Leet did a wonderful job with this piece. The plot and characters were slowly but surely developed, the balance between romance, action, and science was on point, the book was professionally edited (I saw not even one typo in it, kudos to the editing team), and it was truly interesting to read.
If you love science-fiction novels and can't get enough of talks about how our universe works, then you'll love this piece. However, I must say that if you are a sci-fi lover, but you know nothing about physics and you do not wish to know, then I do not think that you will find this piece interesting to read. The book contains a good number of expletives and some sex scenes. Because of this, I do not recommend that anyone younger than 16 should read this. So, if you are older than 16 and you love a good sci-fi book that talks a great deal about physics and our universe, grab yourself a copy of Timewise and let Robert Leet take you on a journey of science, romance, and action.
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