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It's not rushed, it's short and very sweet. Beautiful and succinct! :)
The first point to make about the time travel is very easy to make - Jason is an idiot! Change the future of your grandparent? That's really asking for trouble! There's even a paradox named after it!
Admittedly Jason doesn't seek to kill his grandfather but rather save his grandmother to protect his own mother (who was travelling with her) from a lifetime of trouble and a tortured memory, but the point remains. Don't mess about with your ancestry! To be fair though, Jason isn't a time travel expert but a scientist working with teleportation.
I thought it was an interesting angle that including organic matter in experiments lead to an 'error' in teleportation, i.e. moving an object in time instead of in space. Quite often in time travel novels it is the transport of organic matter through time which proves to be the final hurdle to jump, but here it's key.
As well as time travel, there's a strong human element in Time Split. Patricia describes with startling clarity how life during post-nuclear fallout might be. I really picked up on the forlorn sense of survival, being alone and left to fend for yourself. Lessons on the worse side of human character hadn't been learned, and groups of self-appointed leaders made life even more miserable and desperate for those 'lucky' enough to survive the blast and the time afterwards. Tragic.
The ending is done beautifully - reaching a climax in good time, and resolving it in a way which doesn't beg the reader to rush out and buy Book 2 to find out what happens. I've read some reviews which mention that the ending is rushed, but here I must disagree; there's a chase on which of course speeds things up. Actually this chase plays a crucial part of the novel as it wraps up all aspects - time travel, the relationship between Jason and other survivors, the dark side of human nature and the hope of putting things back to right. In fact what happens to Jason is a really neat way of avoiding a potential time travel paradox...
All in all, I was really impressed with Time Split, especially as Patricia didn't take the easy way out in creating a new time line - 'just' a very good novella! :)
Time Split by Patricia Smith: a beautifully succinct time travel novella which works on a single time line. Change the future of your grandparent? Now that's really asking for trouble!
The story explores what could happen if one small event is changed in history by one well-meaning man.
There isn’t much preamble and the story just gets straight to the point, not much padding out of the characters and it would be great if the author could have named the chapters rather than just numbering them, especially as it is a time-travelling story which switches back and forth.
Having said that it was easy to read and I fully understood what was going on. The description of the catastrophic events was well written, there were a couple of good strong characters and the feeling of loss and desolation made the story believable.
The ending was quite abrupt and I would have liked an epilogue just to finish off the novella and to find out what happened after the event.
All in all though I would recommend this to anyone interested in science fiction/time travel.
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