Monday, August 22, 2011

Book Review: Convergence (The Ordinals) by Joseph Gellene

How do you stop a killer who remembers everything you're about to do?

John Smith greatly enjoys his unusual life. He's wealthy, long-lived, and very well traveled. He jumps to the 21st century expecting to be reunited with his daughter but finds she has been brutally murdered. Under normal circumstances it was a simple matter to undo an untimely death but, in this case, the killer remembers multiple fact patterns and easily thwarts John's attempts. To save his daughter, John must overcome shifting fact patterns, a determined detective, and three versions of the killer. His research shows that he fails, but facts can be fluid.
First let me say that I'm a sucker for time travel books.  I love to read them even though they inevitably confuse the heck out of me.  Convergence was no different.  I'm not sure I ever came to a full understanding of what happened in this book.  There were just so many time changes, so many different versions of the timeline with small variations. 

One problem I had reading this story was that new terms were not explained until late in the book.  Things like "multiple fact patterns" were mentioned several times before actually defined.  This took away from my enjoyment of the book. 

The characters were so busy hopping timelines that there was little time for truly learning about the characters themselves and seeing how/if they changed.  However, I did find it fascinating that there was three different "versions" of one interacting with himself.  Watching the older one try to figure out how to keep the younger self from knowing what he would do was mind-blowing.

The plot is a very intriguing one.  If you can keep up with all the time shifts, I think you'll enjoy this book.

*Disclaimer:  I received this book for free from the author through LibraryThing.  I was not required to write a positive review.

I give this book 3 Bookworms.


Format:  Ebook
File Size:  463 kb
Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services

1 comment:

  1. I love time travel books as well but the terminology thing would drive me insane. Great review - very thorough.