What if you could travel back to some dark time in our human history, not just to unravel the hundreds of unanswered questions that were lost with time, but to stop it from ever happening? The atomic bomb. The Cold War. Hitler's Reign. Who shot JFK? The list goes on.
Maybe we too have some traumatic event in our personal lives that we'd kill to change. We would all jump at the opportunity to take advantage of this technology without thinking. But at what price would we be willing to pay? Could we really get away with it? No consequences? Or could our tampering with the past have a disastrous, rippling effect in the future?
The book begins with a Professor, a Scientist who works with the government to build an important piece of technology. It is meant to erase some of the most disastrous events in our human history. Something happens, and then the experiment is shut down. The Professor knows it works and cannot understand why no one believes in his project as much as he does. His arguments are futile and the project is abandoned.
We fast forward, and meet four really smart kids who just finished high school; Larry, Judith, Miko and Abdul. They decide to venture out on their own, take a road trip to Las Vegas and use their intellect to clean up and walk away with large sums of money. And they do. But Vegas has thugs who refuse to let them leave, not with "their" money. A crazy chase of adventure and hilarity ensues, leading the graduates to an abandoned facility. There, they discover the Professor still lurking around trying to find someone to help him change the past. He has them fooled. But not Larry, because we know the Professor has a false tongue. He has a dark and dangerous agenda. He enlists their help, preying on their thirst for knowledge to carry out his evil plan. Each of the graduates choose an important point in human history. They travel there to collect information, to watch and maybe to change it. I won't say anymore because I can't, not without giving away spoilers, and I'd rather you read the book yourself. You won't regret it. I read it in two days.
In conclusion, I love this book. The characters are lovable, from Judith's temper, to Abdul's hilarious Star Trek references. This book is a real gem. I found myself wishing this device were a reality, after all who wouldn't want to experience certain events in human history, in our history, and maybe change them?
My rating: FIRE
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