I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story takes place in 1200, 2016, 2095 and 2097. There are several characters prominent in each time period.
The story is that by 2097 very intelligent robots have been created and they begin to run amuck. Unable to check them any other way, a three pronged time travel mission is put into place to counter the robots.
One group travels back to 1200 to find and destroy the main deposit of Elevanium. This is newly discovered material that proved to be a powerful and long lasting power source. All of society had become dependent on Elevanium, but the robots in particular would be severely limited if they had to frequently recharge conventional batteries.
A second group traveled back to 2016 to find out more about Elevanium from it’s discoverer. A third group went back to 2095 to influence the design of the robots to prevent then from being capable of turning against humans.
These were tightly connected, highly secret missions that were to span 180 days. During the course of each mission the groups encountered many obstacles as well as threats from unknown sources. It was a 180 day race to see if the missions could be completed in time to avoid a catastrophe in 2097.
This was a very long 17 hour read of 470 pages. I liked the over-all plot, but I felt there were oddities with the story. No countries were ever named in the story. Toward the end of the book there is military action, but the officers in charge call each other by first name instead of rank. The feel of the story is of one written in the 50s or 60s as there are ‘fantastic’ technologies that are used – case in point the ‘Versatool’ that each team member carries that can use a colored beam to lift objects of any size, shrink them down to miniature and blow them back up to full size. In many respects this has the feel of a Young Adult novel as there is minimal violence. There are multiple instances of Romance between team members but only with implied intimacy. All-in-all I think this is an average read. The cover art is OK, but not exceptional. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.
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