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on 17 February 2014
Replay follows the story of Jeff Winston as his life becomes caught in a constant Groundhog Day type of loop. However, instead of looping a single day of his life, Jeff goes through cycles that last twenty-five years. He starts at the age of eighteen, dies at the age of forty-three, and this keeps happening, over and over. But he always retains his memories from the previous life.
It’s an interesting concept: what would you do differently if you could live the last twenty-five years of your life all over again?
The book starts off strong, and both the writing and the premise instantly hooked me in. But soon, as the cycles kept happening, I began to lose interest. I didn’t care about the main character, or maybe I was just bored of his life restarting. In his defence, Ken Grimwood did try to introduce new aspects along the way, new rules to the replays to keep it fresh, and yet even then I just didn’t feel connected to it. On some level, I felt like it was a little shallow. It lacked heart and any real emotion. The main character re-lives his life in such a selfish, thoughtless way, that it's hard to feel invested in his journey.
Either way, as I neared the last hundred pages or so, I skipped pages at a time, no longer bothering to read it. I never usually do this with books; I give up or I read on. But I rarely waste time page-skipping.
However, I was curious to see how it ended.
And it ends okay, I guess.
Having said all that, I WOULD recommend checking this book out, simply for the concept -- it's an interesting read at first. Just don't expect to be gripped all throughout. You'll soon lose interest.