Worldlines: A “Many Worlds” Novel

Worldlines: A "Many Worlds" Novel by [Adam Guest]

Adam Guest’s Worldlines: A Many Worlds Novel invites the reader to consider the idea of the multiverse and the consequences of actions that take place across multiple timelines. This science-fiction novel stars Gary Jackson who is passionate about the Many Worlds theory and exploring these parallel universes. However, things quickly go awry as Gary gets caught up with crimes committed by alternate versions of himself through lucid dreaming. The results of all these mechanics is a thrilling sci-fi novel that raises some big questions for its readers.

Although this novel focuses on a somewhat complex scientific plot device Guest has written a novel that is accessible and enjoyable for a variety of readers. I found the theories that contributed to the plot highly entertaining. Another way that Guest provides an ease of access for its readers is by providing a color association for each timeline. Considering this simple but effective method, I found myself getting lost in all of the twists and turns Guest was creating in these worlds. All of the versions of Gary Jackson’s struggles were slowly becoming struggles I experienced alongside them.

As a crime story fanatic, combining science-fiction and criminal activity was extremely fun to read. Dealing with parallel universes that contain multiple versions of yourself is one thing, but when those versions are committing crimes on your behalf, there is a new added sense of depth and urgency. Ultimately, it raises the question of what separates the unconscious and the conscious, and are our dreams just an extension of a different reality?

The anchor throughout the novel is the role of friendship and relationships. I genuinely enjoyed the role of Sinead and Michelle. I also enjoyed their stableness presented throughout the novel despite whatever version of Gary Jackson was in control of the plot. Both Sinead and Michelle are likeable, and they are good friends despite the actions that Gary Jackson takes, which leads into another big theme in the novel. As the reader experiences these alternate versions of Jackson, they are invited to think about having the choice to decide who we are despite all of the events that happen. This was by far the most interesting aspect of the novel. Although Gary’s life takes drastic turns, and the course of events have changed him, he ultimately is in the driver’s seat of who he is, which I believe is reflected in his friends.

By creating a story that is rich with intriguing questions and uses a unique plot device the book is the most unique read for me this year. The world building, plot mechanics, and characters were bursting with life. I felt as if this was a story with recognizable people experiencing unreal problems.

Although Worldlines ends abruptly without answering many of the novel’s big questions, I am eager to read more from the series. I think given more time to ponder the big questions that Guest presents in Worldlines, readers will have an excellent series that will leave them pondering the possibility of alternate realities. Worldlines is a visionary science fiction novel with an intriguing storyline and engaging characters.

Pages: 349 | ASIN: B089G7YCDD

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