I have been on a mission to read a lot of time travel fiction as I write my book. Some may argue that it would clutter up the creative process, but I’ve found it to be crazy helpful.
With time travel you have all these paradox potentials and corners you can back yourself into and while every story has the same general concept, each author manages these issues differently. Every time I read one I see a different little caveat that can help manage the complications within the genre.
First off, for this book I listened to the audio version and I am so glad that I did. I’m always hesitant to listen to fiction because sometimes the narration can get a little… ridiculous. I can’t handle one person acting out different genders and different accents most the time. It can start to feel like cheesy amateur improv. In this case, however, the author narrated his own story (another rarity for fiction). And it was delightful. I’m not sure if it’s Elan’s work in Hollywood that made it so great or if he just has a great speaking voice, but I loved it.
As for the story, it was just fun. It reminded me of books my husband tends to pick up. The main character has this wry, sarcastic voice I couldn’t get enough of. So to some extent it felt like Ernest Cline, but personally I enjoyed Elan’s tone much more.
There was a lot about the time travel aspect that felt pleasantly familiar with a fresh twist. There are all the wonderful themes of “things have gone terribly awry” with a sweet, heartfelt story of love at its core.
In every book I read, the thing I hope to find are big concepts with small, endearing moments amidst the chaos and this book certainly had that.
All Our Wrong Todays gives an adorably bleak look at our world through the eyes of a utopian citizen that makes you a little nostalgic for the present.