4 out of 4 stars
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Timewise by Robert Leet is a sci-fi story about Ron Larsen, a brilliant teenager, whose untapped potentials have been harnessed by Regina Russo, a beautiful physics professor with a mysterious past. Together, they try to solve not only the wonders of physics but also its profound implications in real life.
Thought-provoking, delightful and believable, the book has captured my imagination from the very start. Although filled with discussions about quantum physics, I was able to grasp the intriguing plot that combines the thrill of scientific discovery and the enchantment of finding true love. The story's first-person point of view also helped in being more intimate with Ron's feelings and thoughts.
Ron started as a seemingly lost orphan, whose only interest was to win money out of chess games. Later, he discovered he could also make money by playing poker. When that did not end well, he pursued his interest in mathematics by taking the scholarship offered by Regina.
Throughout his growth in talent, Ron was also able to grow in character as he met various people in his life. He met Cheryl, a previous scholar, who had a penchant for rare plant species. He also met Louise, a wandering spelunker, who had a passion for tunnels and hidden places. Later on, he met Sheila, the daughter of a wealthy and influential broker.
Ron never seemed to lack people who wanted to share with him their passion and their lives. Despite everything, however, Regina was the one person Ron had always wanted by his side. It was not a relationship that was easy to categorize. It was like the principles of quantum physics they have often discussed. It was something beyond what Ron himself could ever truly understand.
"Awareness creates time." What does it really mean? Was it just a theoretical formula that could never be applied? Was it something that could really help people peek into the future? Ron had always been intrigued to understand it all, but will he have the time to find out its implications before it's too late?
I just love how every bit of the plot seems to fall into place: the romance, the formula, and the life lessons. I'm amazed at how quantum physics has helped me understand life better. I was in awe at the vastness of the universe. I was able to realize the existence of various mysteries which even scientists are still unable to explain. One doesn't have to be a scientist in order to appreciate the merits of the book. For those who are adept at understanding scientific equations, however, there were various illustrations within the book to refer to.
What I loved most about the book was the way Regina was able to mentor Ron. It was like she was also talking to me, teaching me physics in such a way as I've never known it before. In a way, Regina was the epitome of the truth she was talking about, the kind of truth that leads to beauty and love. She seemed like the kind of teacher I could listen to all day. The least I liked about the book, however, was that there was very little about Regina's background before she met Ron.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It has been written masterfully with a captivating plot and a believable set of characters. It has a lot of scientific jargons to satisfy fans of sci-fi books, but it also has a way of explaining them and weaving them deftly into the story. There were also no major grammatical errors; the book has been professionally edited. I recommend it to sci-fi fans as well as to those who are adventurous enough to read a somewhat unorthodox love story.
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