Written by: Ken Grimwood
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 311 (Trade Paperback)
The premise: ganked from BN.com: Jeff Winston, forty-three, didn't know he was a replayer until he died and woke up twenty-five years younger in his college dorm room; he lived another life. And died again. And lived again and died again--in a continuous twenty-five-year cycle--each time starting from scratch at the age of eighteen to reclaim lost loves, remedy past mistakes, or make a fortune in the stock market. A novel of gripping adventure, romance, and fascinating speculation on the nature of time, Replay asks the question: "What if you could live your life over again?"
Must Have: it's one of the most compelling novels I've read in a while, and it makes you wonder, it makes you imagine, and it makes you ask questions. The ending still has me, not perplexed so much as contemplative, and it's the kind of book where not having hard answers will make it worth coming back to. Though, it's not just the questions that drive the book, it's the fact that we get to watch so many different versions of Jeff's life unfold before our eyes, how his knowledge from previous lives directly effect the way he lives the next one. It's fascinating, and while in some way, a bit on the wish-fulfillment side, it works because while Jeff gets to start over, over and over again, we get to ask ourselves the same question: what would WE do? How would WE change, if we had the very same opportunity? It's a fascinating book, and one I'd thoroughly recommend to any fan of time travel. It, like Octavia E. Butler's Kindred, doesn't give you the reasons WHY it's happening, but follows strict rules in terms of how it works, and like Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife, there becomes a strong emotional, romantic core to the book that could not exist without the time travel. It's a great read, and also (randomly), if you're a fan of the television show Lost? You'll totally want to read this. :)
Review style: More than anything, I want to talk about the concept and what that means for a novel: you'd think the whole thing would get repetitive and boring, but not so, and I want to talk about why. I also want to touch on my theories of how the ending would play out and compare that to what actually happens, so SPOILERS. Seriously, don't read the full review in my LJ if you don't want to be spoiled, and can I just say that you DON'T want to spoil yourself for this one? Why yes, I do. However, if you've already read the book (or you just don't care about spoilers), the full review linked to my LJ below. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)
REVIEW: Ken Grimwood's REPLAY
Happy Reading! :)
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