by Edward Aubry
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: January 8, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: Fantasy | Time Travel | Science Fiction
Available from: Amazon
When Nigel Walden is fourteen, the UNHAPPENINGS begin. His first
girlfriend disappears the day after their first kiss with no indication
she ever existed. This retroactive change is the first of many only he
seems to notice.
Several years later, when Nigel is visited by two people from his
future, he hopes they can explain why the past keeps rewriting itself
around him. But the enigmatic young guide shares very little, and the
haggard, incoherent, elderly version of himself is even less reliable.
His search for answers takes him fifty-two years forward in time, where
he finds himself stranded and alone.
And then he meets Helen.
Brilliant, hilarious and beautiful, she captivates him. But Nigel’s
relationships always unhappen, and if they get close it could be fatal
for her. Worse, according to the young guide, just by entering Helen’s
life, Nigel has already set into motion events that will have
catastrophic consequences. In his efforts to reverse this, and to find a
way to remain with Helen, he discovers the disturbing truth about the
unhappenings, and the role he and his future self have played all along.
Equal parts time-travel adventure and tragic love story,
Unhappenings is a tale of gravely bad choices, and Nigel’s struggle not
to become what he sees in the preview of his worst self.
Unhappenings by Edward Aubry
Some tales plunge readers in headfirst, BAM, you are there, some allow you to enter the deep zone gradually, almost creeping up on you and giving you that final shove until you are lost to reality.
Unhappenings by Edward Aubry is THAT kind of book. I don’t even know when it happened, but I am glad it never “unhappened” for me.
Nigel was your average boy at school, not a stand out, not a trouble maker, he just kind of “was.” Until the day things that he KNEW had happened began to unhappen and he was the only one aware of it.
Lives, circumstances and people were changing around him. Events were becoming non-existent, only minutes after they had happened. Sound confusing? Imagine being fourteen years old and not being able to articulate what he saw, felt and knew to anyone without being locked away. When the day came a that a young girl showed up and told him she knew what he was seeing, that the unhappenings were real and he would soon understand, was this a good sign, or a bad omen? Sure, he was relieved, but the girl disappeared before he could learn more, he didn’t’ even know her name. Little did he know, she would become one of the most incredible people he would ever meet and she would come to mean more than life itself to a future Nigel.
Time travel, they say it can’t be done, but in another time and place it has been achieved and Nigel will soon learn his part in this incredible, yet potentially deadly and devastating discovery. Together with the girl with no name, they will travel back and forth through time, and the variations of the future that were caused by one small ripple from the past. What is she trying to show him? What role will he play in the future? Who will he become? What is his part in the events of the past?
When love comes to Nigel, he will willingly risk the world’s existence to save and be with the woman he loves, who seems unaffected by his time leaps, always knowing him and the love they share when he returns. But will that love cause more chaos than good? Is there another whose potential for good will be cursed? Did Nigel really discover true travel through time or was there a more powerful source of his achievements? Who exactly is the girl who refuses to give him her name? What will be sacrificed for love, humanity and the lust for power?
Sound confusing, chaotic and completely unbelievable? Maybe at first, but as Edward Aubry weaves his tale, the webs he creates will entangle you and bring fantasy to life. Driven by the characters he has created, this tale is not one of joy and sunny days, it is dark, edgy and impossible to visualize where it will all end. The energy is in the detail, as each page uncovers another layer of the effects of time travel. You may still question its use, fear its ramifications, but one thing for sure, you will be sucked into the vortex of this uniquely presented tale. Unsettling at times, questionable at times, only the reader can decide if the outcome was good or bad, it’s all a matter of perspective at any given time. Through it all, the writing is strong, creative and definitely thought-provoking!
I received this copy as part of the Unhappenings Review Tour stopping at Tome Tender January 5, 2015.