Cannonball Read Bingo Square: Recommended
I’m always eager for a good recommendation, and my friend Mindi gave me this one. She is one of my very best pals, but our book tastes do not often align, in fact, we are predictably unpredictable in giving each other solid recs. We’ve joked about needing to catalog our reads and likes to find the determining factors to create a Venn diagram of where our tastes comingle because it’s that ineffable. So far, of books we have both read, we have both really disliked one book (Grady Hendrix’s hamfistedly written vampire book that I recommend you AVOID AT ALL COSTS), but other than that, if I love it, she might think it’s fine, and vice versa. So I knew taking a rec for her was a shot in the dark, but what can I say, I like to live on the edge.
So, did it pay off? Excitingly, YES. This book is one of the most unique books I’ve read in a while, though full disclosure, I consumed this via audio, and that format really worked for me. It was a winding and confusing tale, but I decided not to sweat it (except for the actual sweat I was sweating while running in Texas and listening to this book) and let the smooth and intricate words flow over and around me.
To sum up, this book is about two people, or maybe two beings, on the opposite sides of an infinite war to both protect and destroy time, who fall in love, or maybe just want to destroy each other. In the end, it’s hard to determine their motives. This was a wild and timey-whimey ride.
The main interaction between the two narrators takes place in the form of letters that they leave for each other to find at different points in their respective timelines. But when I say letters, I mean words that are written into like the DNA of butterflies that then the other person eats to injest the words. And then rinse and repeat, with another missive sent in another wildly creative way across the timeline.
It’s Science Fiction with a capital F for “what the french toast is going ON.” Not to mention, this thing has two authors who co-wrote it together! Which I find utterly fascinating as a creative pursuit.
Not that I’m done I still don’t think I can tell you what really happened, but I can say that I enjoyed the experience and would recommend it.