Good morning and welcome to this edition of In the Books, featuring Bump Time Origin by Doug Cooper.
About the Book: On his twenty-fifth birthday, Diesel Lagerford meets “Twenty-Six,” a one-year-older version of himself. Twenty-Six tells Diesel that there are others like them in parallel timelines spanning the ages of twenty-five to sixty, and they can visit each other’s worlds using a machine called a T-box. He introduces Diesel to Lilah Spencer, the AI developer who maintains the T-box, and Diesel is smitten. But when he travels up the timeline, Diesel learns that Lilah will soon die under suspicious circumstances. Devastated, he and Lilah agree that a super-AI could solve the mystery of her death, and they race to create an artificial intelligence of extraordinary capability. But can they finish their work in time to save Lilah? And will the super-being help them in the ways they had hoped?
My Review: The author impressed me with his previous sci-fi series beginning with Crystal Deception, and he continued to do so with this book.
The characters are well-rounded and engaging, pulling us into their lives with an ease born of increasing familiarity as we continue reading. While their exchanges are fun, they can leave us scratching our heads at their decision making. While their motives for following the instructions sent to them are understandable, it’s interesting seeing their hesitation being rationalized throughout, and that only cements them further into our liking whether we like it or not.
The story, while fast flowing and engaging, is done in a way that, in my opinion, is the only or best way to tell the story. By jumping around, the layout utilizes the time traveling theories within and helps us become familiarized with both at the same time. This frees our minds to enjoy the story instead of trying to figure out where and when something happens.
The one down side to this is we’re introduced to so many Diesels, their plight to save Lilah becomes repetitive as the story nears its conclusion. The AI is partly to blame, as it mentions how many timelines it’s gone through, which lessens the impact of the tragedies to a certain degree.
This does, however, set up the next book in the series in a way that is sure to be fun and exciting when it comes out, so to the author: no pressure.