2 out of 4 stars
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“I’ve learnt awareness creates time”.
Timewise by Robert Leet follows Ron Larson, an orphan with an affinity for mathematics. However, his potential is not unlocked until he meets the mysterious Professor Regina Russo who introduces him to the mystical world of quantum physics. However, all is not as it seems as there is more to the Professor than she is letting on, with dark rumours linked to her past, can Ron trust his mentor or is she leading him down the wrong path?
The premise of this book really interested me however after I started reading I found the story was really flat and was more of an afterthought compared to the intricate descriptions and explanations of the scientific theories. At times it felt more like a textbook masquerading as a story. Although the book was written in the first person I was not able to feel any connection to the character. There wasn’t really much of a character arc to follow. It even covered him starting a relationship with someone in a mere single sentence and the same with the break up leading it to feel more like a cold observation. Due to this, I found myself uninterested in the character plot.
Another issue I found with the book is that a lot of the science is way too advanced for the average reader. Some theories are explained in a really nice ‘outside of the box’ way and have helped me understand more physics than I knew at the beginning, however, it will then jump to an advanced theory on the back of that and I found myself getting lost and having to re-read sections to try and gain some clarity. Covering topics like quantum entanglement, string theory and reverse entanglement swapping is a bit too much in one book in such a short space of time.
The book has been professionally edited with no punctual or spelling errors, however, there are a couple of formatting issues with a couple of pictures towards the middle of the book but I didn’t draw me away from the story.
Overall I would rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. Considering this is a story and not a textbook I found myself wanting. The story felt more like a means to talk about the science rather than being able to stand on its own. I wanted to see more character development rather than everything falling a little flat. This book had a lot of potential as it is always great to see an interesting well thought out scientific ideas and theories in a Sci-Fi story and setting, but the writing and lack of story really let it down.
Due to the complex scientific theories in this story, I would recommend this to readers who have a good understanding of physics. There are a few adult scenes, but they are tastefully written.
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