5 stars, Book Review, paradox, Rebecca Hefner, romance, scifi, series, time travel
About A Paradox of Fates by Rebecca Hefner
One woman bred to save the world…
Dr. Elaine “Lainey” Randolph was born with one sole purpose: to prevent the past. With her brilliant mind and unwavering spirit, she works tirelessly to solve the equations that will finally unlock the mystery of time travel. Then, she will leave the post-apocalyptic future her grandfather created and travel back in time to prevent his calamitous actions.
When handsome military captain Hunter Rhodes appears at Lainey’s remote scientific hub, he offers her protection. But there are strings attached to the mysterious soldier’s proffer, and Lainey finds herself wary of the man who stokes unwelcome longing and desire in her unemotional heart. For Lainey is a scientist, obdurate and dispassionate toward the notion of romantic love.
As Lainey’s band of ragtag scientists and loyal soldiers endeavor to escape the dystopian future, the evil New Establishment threatens to destroy them all. In their unpredictable timeline, the nefarious regime has become all-powerful and will stop at nothing to ensure complete world domination…
Review of A Paradox of Fates
A Paradox of Fates is a sci-fi time travel adventure tempered with romance. Intense characters, a save the world plot and a seemingly impossible task make this a great read that I found hard to put down.
I appreciated the author’s scientific research that went into making time travel at least a little believable, even if it is still an impossibility – as far as we know. Scientific detail is minimal though, making the story move along nicely. Instead, the reader sees the time machine at work and the people that make it work.
Lainey is the extremely focused heroine of the story. Determined to succeed, she puts all her efforts into her work, shunning Hunter’s attention, even though we (the non-Lainey characters and the readers) know they are meant to be. The romance between Lainey and Hunter was slow and believable and exactly what it needed to be for these two characters.
A Paradox of Fates is a story of intentional time travel. That is, time travel for the purpose of causing something to happen or not happen. Change history, change the how things turn out. When it comes down to it, this is a very tricky thing to do. One wrong move and nothing turns out the way you expect.
Time is complicated. So here I am overthinking this. So, what if Lainey and Hunter achieve their objective. Does that mean there is no need for a time machine? And if so, how do the future Lainey and Hunter go back in time to achieve their objective and if they don’t go back, that means the timeline is not changed. So there really is a need for a time machine. You see where this is going?
Paradox is a common theme in the book and not fully resolved by the end of A Paradox of Fates. The story continues in two more books in this series. I’m going to have to see where this goes!
Thanks to the author who provided a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.
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