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Brett Battles seems to enjoy writing Thrillers, no matter the subgenre. In his latest standalone thriller, Rewinder, Battles gives time travel a go with solid results. Rewinder reads like a cross between Poul Anderson's Time Patrol stories, and Steven Jay Gould's Jumper series. It's not a particularly groundbreaking entry into the fray of time travel adventure, in fact, if anything, Battles quickly infuses the story with the feel of a pair of comfortable jeans. Instead of trying to create some clever new way to spin the genre, he puts his own spin onto time honored tropes. Like Jumper, Rewinder can work equally well as a Young Adult or Adult novel. While Battles main character Denny Younger is, well, younger, he doesn't instantly fall into the character trapping of many young adult protagonist. Battles offers some interesting sociological insights, yet does it as a plot point, where his goal isn't social commentary but just telling a damn good story. Battles creates a fast paced, exciting tale, with plenty of twists, that fans of old school time travel adventure novels will find perfect for an afternoon reading.
Narrating is more than just having a pleasant voice, and the ability to do character voices. A good narrator finds the right feel for a novel, and pushes the narrative in the right direction. Vikas Adams gives a strong textured performance, with a crisp reading that gives homage to the pulp nature of the tale. I have always admired Adams ability to handle both adult and children characters smoothly, something that isn't really easy to do. I like that Adams gave Denny a youthful feel, yet still acknowledged that he was an adult doing an adult job. He captures the right blend of coming of age naivete, with a hardened edge of young man who grew up in the fringes of his society. Rewinder isn't going to blow your mind, or have you rethink everything you knew about time travel, instead it will give you 8 hours of solid entertainment.
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This is my second book by Battles. While this was different, both books hit the ground running. I love a writer who does not waste time getting you into the story. Like Sick, this book has a secret government organization, that is so secret, if I told you about it, I would have to kill you. This organization is the most powerful organization in the world. The organization is paranoid about losing that power. This involves time travel and alternate time lines.
Unlike the other book which was gory, bloody and very adult, this book is YA. This was not a problem for me. The story did have some holes in it and the main character is young. There are several times when the character ignores, obvious clues. There are also the "Oh, I know I will fail the test, I know I will be killed", etc.. and you as the reader know, none of these awful things are going to happen.
I appreciated that the main character studied hard and worked to better himself. He does not have any special powers and gains nothing from his genetics. There are some twists and turns and constant action. Many times I wonder how he would get out of several situations. Battles knows how to entertain and keep his readers involved. I loved the world he created. Today his sequel came out and it is going on my wish list.
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