by Edward Aubry
Publication date: January 8th 2015
by Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: Science Fiction, Time-travel, Romance
Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
When Nigel Walden is fourteen, the UNHAPPENINGS begin. His first girlfriend disappears the day after their first kiss with no indication she ever existed. This retroactive change is the first of many only he seems to notice.
Several years later, when Nigel is visited by two people from his future, he hopes they can explain why the past keeps rewriting itself around him. But the enigmatic young guide shares very little, and the haggard, incoherent, elderly version of himself is even less reliable. His search for answers takes him fifty-two years forward in time, where he finds himself stranded and alone.
And then he meets Helen.
Brilliant, hilarious and beautiful, she captivates him. But Nigel’s relationships always unhappen, and if they get close it could be fatal for her. Worse, according to the young guide, just by entering Helen’s life, Nigel has already set into motion events that will have catastrophic consequences. In his efforts to reverse this, and to find a way to remain with Helen, he discovers the disturbing truth about the unhappenings, and the role he and his future self have played all along.
Equal parts time-travel adventure and tragic love story, Unhappenings is a tale of gravely bad choices, and Nigel’s struggle not to become what he sees in the preview of his worst self.
I’m not going to beat around the bush here – UnHappenings is so incredibly awesome, I’m finding it difficult to pluck the right words from my brain to express my gratitude for such an extraordinary reading experience. The story is so brilliant I was nearly swooning.
I never know what to expect when I jump into a time-travel tale. If not done correctly, they can be confusing stories, which usually ruins it for me. This story, however, is eloquent, intelligent, heart-breaking, intense, unexpected, and jaw-dropping. If I had to pick only one book for everyone to read this year, UnHappenings would be it. I have never before been completely invested in a book after only a single page.
I was blown away by how much detail this author was able to pack into this story without losing an ounce of the plot’s integrity. I was equally amazed by how each happening… and unhappening… wrecked me emotionally. And then…. Ooooh, I can’t tell you, but please read it and then message me so we can discuss it!
I highly recommend UnHappenings to all fans of science fiction, romance, time-travel, and all around genius storytelling overflowing with depth. This is the first book to hit my 2015 Favorite Reads list!
I hope you’re ready for a new
stalker fan, Mr. Aubry!
About the Author
Edward Aubry is a graduate of Wesleyan University, with a degree in music composition. Improbably, this preceded a career as a teacher of high school mathematics and creative writing. He now lives in rural Pennsylvania with his wife and three spectacular daughters, where he fills his non-teaching hours spinning tales of time-travel, wise-cracking pixies, and an assortment of other impossible things.
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