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An explosive new novel by the author of the National Book Award-winning Challenger Deep and the New York Times best-selling Arc of a Scythe series, about the limited ways we see our world - and how a jolt out of the ordinary can upend the universe.

©2020 Neal Shusterman (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Klokfixr
  • 2021-02-11

mind expanding questions are asked and explored.

Great title exploring life from the perspective of what if we dont accept the reality we are in but create our own?

The critics and publishers description were extremely vague and I feel misleading. There isnt a bunch of sci-fi stuff going on here, and no time travel, merely an unexplained dimensional shift where various time threads are explored in the main characters lives. The story line is an exploration of various aspects of our lives and what happens if we make this change or that change. How does it affect our lives and how does that affect our friends and families?

Questions asked through this story telling are quite relevant to young minds in this day and age. I feel it should be disclosed that many valuable lessons in life are explored and the reader is encouraged to think about their own life choices and how they have or would react in certain situations. at one reality shift, the protagonist is in a reality where he is (or perhaps becomes?) gay. The choices made and descriptions given I feel are worthy of exploration and this book would be well received on any HS reading list. I felt like there should have been more of this mentioned somewhere in descriptions of the title.

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  • dp
  • 2021-03-02

This is not the Shusterman you’re used to

This book was seriously difficult to finish. I expected the same general quality as the Scythe series, but instead got brow beat by a highly politically correct story told through football analogies and teenage drama. It felt like the author was trying to shoehorn in as many hot button issues as possible: Covid, immigration, racism, homophobia, transphobia. And all of them we were given this skimmed version rather than actually delving into a topic. Just felt patronizing and poorly done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-02-09

Live in a different timeline

This is a good book well told about the life of a teenager in another timeline worth hearing

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  • Ash.
  • 2021-02-21

Liked his other books, so...

I liked his other books so i picked this one up but, it was hard to get through. Maybe I'm just not the right audience for the type of story but I really didnt enjoy it at all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-02-14

I cant reccomend enough.

This book struck a cord with me that i wanted in other books by neal shusterman. His books always have likeable characters. And a premise that makes you think. And this really feels like everything i loved about Scythes, Unwind, soul shards and everlost. But the stakes didnt matter much to me. The characters drove this story at a pace that made me wanna see where the next chapter would go everytime. Personally i was thrown threw a loop that the main character is a typical jock on the surface. His main thing is football. something i thought imediately would make him less identifyable. i was thankfully wrong. Ash was a pretty cool protagonist and i loved his arch.
The Romance felt very good, something hetorsexual writers often forget is Gay people are people. All too often people write a gay couple as cliche or a joke. but I knew imediately this author knew his stuff. i loved all dynamics that were explored. it reallt makes you think about other peoples points of view. i hope this book has a sequel. Hopefully with a new cast but the same idea.
It was wonderful and im glad i listened.

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  • Customer m
  • 2021-03-13

Not what I was expecting

I loved the Toll, Unwind, and other books by author, but this one was just hard to finish and seemed to drag on. I think the ideas were good and am glad to see books that tackle some of the subjects covered, but the book felt lacking. Unwind blew my mind and I felt it was a understanding way to cover topics, this book felt rushed and trying too hard to make a point, and just lost its story somewhere. The ideas didn't feel new or refreshing, if anything it felt like someone read one of the author's other books and thought " I'm going to try to write a thoughtful story like he does," and failed.

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  • Travis McIntosh
  • 2021-03-07

Read if you like sermons

Read only if you want to be preached at on every page. Couldn’t get past the moralizing to enjoy the story. Very frustrating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-02-21

Great story

I loved this book. I new, creative and interesting concept. Characters were well thought out and sun to listen to. The performance was fabulous. I highly recommend.

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  • hunt
  • 2021-03-20

The epitome of a perspective change.

Your either lying, or you weren't paying attention if you have anything negative to say about this book from an objective point of view. These kninda stories should be read in schools, as they are very relevant to youths, more so teenagers. I'd definitely recommend it

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  • brad
  • 2021-02-19

Had some things I did not expect but enjoyable

I really enjoy his books and I’m pleasantly surprised with things I don’t expect quite often