A Different Time by Michael K. Hill

Today is the last day of the #UltimateBlogTour for A Different Time by Michael K. Hill and I’m excited to bring you my review of this book! Also, thank you Dave @ TheWriteReads for hosting this exciting tour and give me the opportunity to join the fun! 
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Keith Nolan falls in love with a remarkable young woman from the past, talking to him on a home video she recorded in 1989. To keep their conversation going, he must find more of her tapes—while forces work against them both, and time is running out.
Thank you Michael and Dave for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. A Different Time published on July 2, 2019 and  available on AmazonBook Depository, and other book retailers.

the blurb

A Different Time follows the story of 22 years old Keith Nolan, a comic enthusiast who’d rather spend his weekend digging through the flea markets to complete the comic collection that he inherited from his father. It was supposed to be just another normal weekend, until he accidentally found a home videotape, where he can communicate through the screen with a young woman who recorded it thirty years ago, Lindsey. Thrilled with his discovery and a company that he longed for, Keith must find the rest of the tapes to keep their conversation going.

the review

Concept-wise, I applaud Michael for his unique and original idea. Never in a million years, I’d imagine where someone could communicate through a used videotape, not to mention that they were thirty years apart. Although the alternate timelines concept kind of reminds me of Kimi No Nawa (Your Name), but Michael successfully delivered his own twist in this book. I’m also squealing with all of the comic references in this book and how it was explained as a timeless art piece, whether you lived in 1989 or 2019.
 
Although I’m loving the characters in this story, Keith and Lindsey, unfortunately, I couldn’t engage with their chemistry and romance. It was cute, but it was too instalove-y for my liking and the number of obstacles that Keith would conquer in order to meet the love of his life, was unbelievable to me. Yes, having a crush during your first encounter with someone is totally common, but being ready to give up your everything to fight for them? Seem a bit like a stretch to me.
 
In conclusion, I’m loving the pitch of this book but I can totally see its huge potential if the pages were longer and the characters were dug deeper. 

the verdict

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Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

I’m a big fan of watching a science-fiction movie. I mean, what makes a sci-fi movie awesome is the visualization, right? The sight of all the awesome aliens/techs/etc, right?! So, I used to think it will not work as good on the paper. But, I’ve learned my lesson today and I was in fact, wrong. 


Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

To save his daughter, he’ll go anywhere—and any-when…
 
Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in I.T., trying to keep the spark in his marriage, and struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.
 
Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.
 
Their mission: return Kin to 2142 where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember.
 
Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.

★★★★★

Title: Here and Now and Then | Author: Mike Chen | Publisher: Mira Books | Genre: Science Fiction | Publication Date: January 29, 2019 | Format: eARC | Source: Edelweiss+ | LINKS: Book Depository (Affiliate)

Riveting time-travel story within perfectly built universes bringing the authenticity of human natures and struggles.

I’m a fan of a science fiction story, but usually, I enjoyed this particular genre over the screen and not over the pages. In other words, this book is my first sci-fi read and it totally blows me away. This debut from Mike Chen is a masterpiece that you wouldn’t want to miss, especially if you’re into sci-fi, time travel, Doctor Who, and Star Trek. If you’re passionate about those four items, I can assure you, this book will take you to cloud nine.

Surprisingly, Mike Chen managed to mix the perfect amount of drama and romance into this story without ruining the essential thrilling part. I have no idea how he was able to come up with his magic, but whatever it is, it works. Perfectly. Not too sappy and drama oriented, yet not too cocky with all of its high-tech universe. Every little detail from the future universe sounds astonishing and believable without belittling our current world, as bad as it actually is. This book is something that will push the imaginative side of your brain with every scene in it. Personally, I feel this book has a big opportunity to get adapted into the big screen!

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Have you read this book? What do you think of it?