Book Review: Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

March 25, 2019 Book review 6 ★★★★

If there is one theme in books that I adore, it’s time travel. I’m such a geek that I have a time travel shelf on my Goodreads library! So obviously Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen was a book that was right up my alley by the sound of the blurb.

Book Review: Here and Now and Then by Mike ChenHere and Then and Now Published by Mira Books on 29 January 2019
Genres: Time Travel
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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four-stars

To save his daughter, he'll go anywhere—and any-when…

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in I.T., trying to keep the spark in his marriage, and struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler's brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.

Their mission: return Kin to 2142 where he's only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember.

Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It'll take one final trip across time to save Miranda—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.

A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart, and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most.

AUDIOBOOK Fed The Nerd Out of this world! SciFi

My thoughts onHere and Now and Then by Mike Chen

I thought this was a really enjoyable time travel book. I love when there is a good mixture of science backing up the time travel element, lots of action, and knotty emotional quandaries from the time jumping. And I feel we got all that and more.

The prologue nearly put me off, as it’s all action and no emotion. But once the book started, I really took to Kin, the main character, and felt in as much of a pickle as he did with all the dilemmas he faced. He wanted to be the best dad he could be. Like so many men do. But when you live in 2142, and your daughter was born in the 1990s, then that’s a herculean task!

I relished the mission he undertook to look after his daughter from afar, and seeing the consequences of that. The twist at the end was predictable, but my heart rejoiced in it, so I’ve no quibbles with it. There was family life and family strife in two different time periods, and I lapped it up!

“We’re all different people all through our lives, but that’s okay, as long as you remember all the people you used to be.” 

This was my first book by Mike Chen, but I would definitely read more by him. I listened to the audiobook, and I thought the narrator did a really good job too. He was very clear, and I enjoyed his accents. Job well done!

Rating Report
Characters
four-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Pace
four-stars
Did I feel it?
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

Who should read Here and Then and Now?

If you like time travel books with some explanation for the time travel, lots of action, and an emotional character-driven plot line, then I’d recommend this to you. Of if you like The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain or Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

four-stars

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6 Responses to “Book Review: Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen”

    • trish

      YES! It’s a fine line between too much explanation for the time travel and just enough to grasp it, isn’t it?

  1. Kathryn Trask

    Good to hear you liked this one, I read it but wasn’t really for me! I do like time travel – Outlanders – The Dream Daughter by D Chamberlain were big yeses! This one I think I didn’t fall in love with the writing.

    • trish

      I remember you saying that to me on Facebook Kathryn. I did enjoy it more than you, but totally agree that The Dream Daughter and Outlander are outstanding!

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