Book Review: Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

Mira Books
TBP: Jan. 29th 2019
384 Pages

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in I.T., trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.

Their mission: return Kin to 2142 where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember.

Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.- Goodreads

Wildly creative. I was extremely impressed with this book from the moment I began reading nothing prepared me for the emotions I felt while reading.

This book is unlike any science fiction book out there. If it wasn’t for the whole time traveling aspect of it, it would be considered science fiction. Obvious? Yes. But what specifically I mean is although the time travel is the thing that is holding the book strong, it isn’t the most important aspect of it nor is it the biggest. It’s the foundation for the book and it grabs your attention but it doesn’t keep it.

What keeps your attention is Kit. Talk about a man, who is confused as all crap but only wants to do what is right and protect his family (both of them). His range of emotion and sometimes desperate measures pulls at your heart string or at least it did mine. I got so frustrated when it seemed like everyone was against him. They were completely unsympathetic for an error on their part. The entire time I was like really, you expected him not to live a life? 18 years sent by.

Beyond this, not a whole lot happens in this book. As previously mentioned, the time traveling aspect is a foundation and its the pink elephant in the room but there are only two situations where time traveling actually happens. Did I want more? No. It was the perfect amount for what I believe the novel was trying to get at.

But what was the novel trying to get at? Family, love and what a person is willing to do for the family they should have technically never had.

Overall, a smooth novel with some great transitions. Emotionally charged, amazing detail and a cute minor romance.

4 Pickles

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