Mystery, Science Fiction

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

The Psychology of Time TravelThe Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Somebody on social media posted about this book and said it was one of the most underrated books they had read this year. And she’s right. I haven’t seen this cover blasted all over Instragram or Goodreads, but I had run across it a couple times. I added it to my list at the library and after several weeks of waiting, it was mine.

I’m not going to give you a synopsis of the story because that ruins half the fun. The Psychology of Time Travel is a tangled web of stories across different time periods that all mesh together one way or another. There is romance. There is a murder mystery. And prepare to have your brain hurt just thinking about all the time travel involved.

Things I really loved about this book:
1. Strong Women. The book oozed lady power. In fact, there were barely any men in the book at all. It was all about strong women making discoveries and overcoming adversity. I always love a good, strong female lead, and this book had several of them.
2. Time Travel. Really any book about time travel usually peaks my interest. Talk about a mind f*ck. I can’t ever seem to wrap my brain around all the nuances and intricacies of time travel and am always impressed by authors who even attempt it. There are so many ways in which it can go wrong because it requires so much forethought.
3. The Appendices. Okay, what kind of weirdo writes about how much they liked the appendices? Me… Right here. Kate Mascarenhas wrote an entire glossary of time traveler terms, further perpetuating the world she created. And she gave the reader a little something fun to do at the end of the book. Take a quiz to assess the reader’s readiness for time travel. I scored 19 points which scored me in the middle of the pack, stating, “You have some of the traits needed for time travel, and might do well at the Conclave if you make an extra effort to fit in.” I thought it was fun and interesting for her to add that little tidbit at the end.

A couple things I struggled with or would suggest to future readers:
1. Because this is a book about time travel, it was (at times) difficult for me to wrap my brain around. I did feel like there were perhaps some plot holes that some readers may find difficult to ignore. I personally don’t take fiction too seriously and read it for entertainment, so despite some of the plot holes, I still enjoyed it.
2. I would highly suggest reading this book in a couple of sittings (or all at once if you’re a die hard). There is a lot going on in this story. There are a lot of different timelines, people who are present in multiple timelines at different ages in their lives, clues to the murder mystery along the way…. and it just ends up being a lot of information to digest. Don’t get me wrong. It was fantastic. But I could not put this book down for a week and pick it back up without having to backtrack and remind myself what was going on.

Overall, very strong work for a debut novel. It’s definitely been underrated in my opinion but that shouldn’t discredit the content because it’s fabulous.

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