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Book Review: The Twin Paradox by Charles Wachter

The Twin Paradox
by Charles Wachter
August 23, 2020
386 pages
Publisher: Trevaney Bay
ISBN: 9781735361222
With ten years passing for every three minutes on a remote stretch of Texas coast, planes fall out of the sky, evolved species are on the hunt, and people die inside one of the most vicious ecosystems ever grown-all a result of the government's efforts to slow down time.

A lot can happen in ten years. That's the point. Governments are always racing for supremacy, for scientific breakthroughs, for technological advantages—and these things take time.

Until something goes wrong.

With the grounded yet massive world-building of READY PLAYER ONE, thrilling scientific questions of JURASSIC PARK, and the time-bending teen drama of BEFORE I FALL, Wachter’s THE TWIN PARADOX is a brilliantly plotted tale that is both intimate and massive, relentless yet deliberate, and explores the themes of self-acceptance, self-confidence, and natural selection in a richly hued and unforgettable world. Ultimately the eternal question of Nature versus Nurture is boiled down into this fast-paced thriller told over the course of five days and culminates in one single question:

Do we get to choose who we are?

That is the question asked: “Do we get to choose who we are?” in this science fiction novel. Alastair and his fellow twelfth-grade Honors classmates graduate a year early so they can work summer internships with Gene-E. The kids learn their parents are not their real parents at all, and their work will be in an area, where times travels in ten years. Alastair finds out he is the clone of Albert Einstein. His closest friends are clones of Leonardo da Vinci, Catherine the Great, Martin Luthor King, Marie Curie, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, and Sakichi Toyoda. What started as a Cold War secret grew into a corporate to resurrect the DNA of the greatest thinkers from history. Five of them (one of them, Alastair) are sent to the Texas installation, while the other seven to North Dakota. Cornerstone, in Texas, is an area where time is leaped forward in ten years’ time, and things living in there can be dangerous. For thanks to another, earlier Isaac Newton clone, when ten years began passing every three minutes on the Texas coast, people died in the most vicious ecosystem ever made.

The Twin Paradox is written by an Emmy-winning television writer and is slated to be a motion picture coming soon. One can see this as a movie, it feels like that format. Sadly, for me, it has too much going on and gets confusing. I think some of the action needed to be cut away. It had the potential to be good if the author had written it less confusing.

I gave The Twin Paradox 3 sheep.

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Charles Wachter is an Emmy award-winning Executive Producer and author, having written and produced over thirty-five television series and films. He graduated from Yale University and has a master's degree from NYU Graduate film.

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