5 out of 5 stars
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"A Discovery of Time and Space" by Lesley L. Smith is an exciting science fiction novel that expertly and effortlessly portrays the elements of a peak science book and elements of a peak fiction novel.
The book focuses on a seemingly normal twenty-something-year-old female student at the University of Colorado with ADHD, Tiffani. After mysteriously waking up on a crosswalk on a Monday and somehow being saved from a car that nearly ran over her by a grey-haired woman who strangely resembles her, Tiffani's life takes an unexpected turn as she discovers she has the rare ability to travel through both time and space. With a huge load of questions and someone trying to kill her, Tiffani must find answers to her questions and learn to control her powers while trying to protect herself and the ones she loves from impending danger.
One of the numerous notable strengths of the book lies in the author's very detailed plot. The author showcased a god-level knowledge of time and time travel as he ensured that the book had no loopholes involving time travel. An excellent example is the concept of the future self meeting the present self just before the present self travels to the future. This ensures a harmonious storyline without a break in the story. Another reason I liked the book was the author's decision to include some funny made-up words, which are usually combinations of known words (a perfect example is "nexted," which is a combination of nervous and texting, "nervously texted"). This helped ease the tension and added elements of humour to the story. I also like the author's choice of vocabulary, as the book was written with simple, comprehensible words, avoiding too much scientific jargon. The author made it easier for non-science-affiliated readers to enjoy.
I found myself without a dislike for the book, nor did I notice any weaknesses within the book. Though I did find some minor grammatical and typographical errors, they weren't significant enough to disrupt my reading experience.
Overall, I'd rate the book 5 out of 5 stars for its flawless plot and the author's perfect choice of vocabulary.
I'd recommend the book to every single reader who enjoys science fiction novels, as I personally consider this one of the best science fiction novels I've come across.
A Discovery of Time and Space
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