As Madi’s and Tyson’s journeys collide, they must prevent the past from being erased forever. But strange forces are at work. Are Madi and Tyson in control or merely pawns in someone else’s game?
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Thank you Wunderkind PR for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love when books hit more than one genre, especially when it includes elements of history in it, so Now, Then, and Everywhen had me really excited to read when I realized that it combined elements of sci-fi (time travel is always amazing), non-linear storytelling, and the manipulation of historical events. I didn't realize this was actually a prequel to a series by Walker, but I was still able to follow along and enjoy the story!
Love the Different Timelines
I'm a huge fan of non-linear storytelling and obviously time travel is the perfect avenue for this. Getting to read about different "times" that all take place in the future gives Walker an easy setting to use as she wants, because the future can be whatever she makes it. Plus, the jumps back into key moments in time was awesome because I love getting those moments in history. There are so many big moments to choose from, so it was really cool to figure out which ones Walker would focus on in this book and I can't wait to see where she brings us next time.
Both Madi and Tyson are great narrators and I loved getting these two very different perspectives on time travelling. Since Madi is just being introduced to it, it was great to have Tyson as the other traveller because we've given a deeper perspective on the rules and structure around time travel and being a Historian. Although it definitely added to the length of the book, it was also really necessary to help readers understand the nuances to time travel. I also think this was the reason that this book can stand alone, so that even if you haven't read the other trilogy (which I haven't), you'll still enjoy and understand the story!
More Madi/Jack Time Needed
I really liked these characters and their role in the story. It was great seeing how they were trying to figure out how they felt about each other while also figuring out time travel in juxtaposition to Tyson's years of knowledge around time traveller. That said, I really wish we got more development of their relationship. While we are given some background and know that they had shared moments before the story starts, from my perspective, it really seems like they jumped into being in love. I definitely wanted more development there.
Overall, I thought this was a great book! Although it's definitely a long one, I loved that you don't need to read the other series to enjoy this (although I'm sure there are fun things that I was missing, but I didn't notice!). I'd highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys science fiction or time travel, books about manipulating history, or have previously enjoyed books by Rysa Walker!
Now, Then, and Everywhen just came out on April 1st and I can't wait to hear what you think about it!
FINAL RATING: 4.5/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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