All Our Wrong Todays

All Our Wrong Todays

A Novel

Book - 2017
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You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed... because it wasn't necessary. Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland. But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career and--maybe, just maybe--his soulmate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom's search for the answer takes him across countries, continents and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future--our future--is supposed to be.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Doubleday Canada,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780385686846
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 24 cm

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jontalk
Jan 04, 2020

In a word, brilliant! This is a time travel story like no other whose surprise momentum towards the end takes the reader by surprise. Beautifully conceived, characters of depth highly developed, the journey this book takes the reader is without compare, Jules Verne's story included. A debut novel, its clear this author will have a brilliant future as a novelist, in spite of his existing screenwriter success. A version of time travel that's unique as well as the mechanisms, its so engaging, immersive and well thought out, were it not for the 'future time frame of 2016' I found myself wondering if this is what the future will evolve into. Love and family woven into the plot, this story is unique in all respects. Highly recommended for time travel fans, as well as those who appreciate skill at storytelling.

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MiRiAm12345
Dec 16, 2019

This was a winner. I will look forward to more books by this author. I liked what some of the other reviewers liked - short chapters, talk in second person. The approach to time travel was fresh. The language was engaging. I also find myself not wanting to put this book down.

JCLJoshN Aug 08, 2019

I was expecting a story about time travel gone wrong and an ode to the earlier 20th century's optimistic vision of the future, and I got that, but I wasn't expecting such a funny and poignant examination of how we live with the choices we make in life, told in a way that reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut (probably helped by the narrator namechecking Vonnegut a number of times). I was expecting to like this book, and I did, but I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I do.

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markd
Jul 09, 2019

This was real fun read. I was casting about for something to do on a Sunday afternoon and picked it up - someone else had just finished reading it and said it was pretty good. I proceeded to devour it! I finally put it down 7 hours later as I needed to get some sleep. Finished it the next morning at breakfast. Time Travel, the world of the Jetsons, our own messy world, a glimpse of a possible apocalypse, and the impacts each and every one of our decisions (and attitudes) can have on history and our own stories. Lots in here and, in my opinion, a well told story. For me, a good summertime book!

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wen5302
Apr 07, 2019

Enjoyed the plot and storyline, but the female characters fell flat for me--I wish the author had spent more time developing them. In addition Tom, the narrator/protagonist, is written in a bro-like, off-putting way, but I saw this as an intentional choice by the author and was willing to roll with it to see where the story went.

I enjoyed seeing the detailed alternate reality that Mastai imagined, and was interested enough to follow the novel through despite the character issues. When reading about the book, I learned that Mastai wrote this story, at least in part, to deal with his own mother's death; what would life look like if she had lived? Major life events have a way of changing us and altering our life's path, which is one of the key concepts that keeps me coming back to the time travel genre; I appreciate that he used this novel to explore that, and hope that the process brought some closure.

Ultimately, I think this book does a good job with the concept. That said, I'd love to re-read another version of this with a more thorough edit and more realistic/balanced characters. Perhaps in an alternate timeline? :D

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/30/elan-mastai-all-our-wrong-tomorrows-interview

JessicaGma Mar 27, 2019

It's been a while since I have seen such divisive reviews on a book. I did find it entertaining, but yes, the main character, Tom, is a man-child, and the female characters probably could have been a bit more. So great concept, not badly done, breezy writing but a definite bro-sci-fi. He's no Becky Chambers or NK Jemsin....

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daysleeper236
Feb 09, 2019

A weird, sarcastic and entertaining bit of science fiction.

From the first page, I was hooked. I liked it so much I actually read it aloud so others would also want to read it. I like the short chapters and Elan’s use of language. This book has it all, time travel, romance, family dynamics, all tied up around what would happen if an event in the past was changed by the main character. The main character doesn’t have to wonder if he is living in the wrong timeline. He knows he is. After all, he was the one who messed it up. Read this book to find out why our reality is not like the Utopian future that the 1950s predicted. (Submitted by Deanna)

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nbaquino
Jan 11, 2018

Halfway through the book, I still couldn't find the plot. Gave up after a few chapters, read like a diary.

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KatG1983
Oct 02, 2017

One of my favourite reads of the year. I loved the alternate view of what our reality could be; and was genuinely moved by the characters involved.

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