by Doug J. Cooper
Published on: May 7, 2019
Is progress and improvement always good? Maybe not when you’re working with artificial intelligence – especially when you make the AI sentient. Or it possible that perhaps in their world they don’t have the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey to tell them of all the dangers surrounding HAL…
On his twenty-fifth birthday, Diesel Lagerford is visited by a twenty-six-year-old version of himself. His look-alike spins impossible tales of their shared future, claiming they have dozens of “brothers” from parallel timelines who can visit each other using a T-box, a machine they bankroll with lottery winnings. He introduces Diesel to the incredible Lilah Spencer, the T-box operator, and Diesel falls head-over-heels in love. But during his travels across timelines, Diesel learns that Lilah will soon die under suspicious circumstances. Devastated, he joins his brothers in a race to save her. Can they solve the mystery of her death before it’s too late? And will their unusual solution play out over time in the ways they had anticipated?
Oh my gosh. This world was crazy, but in a good way. Time travel is always a fun read and although this is more of a parallel universe than time travel it kinda feels like the same thing. It took a few chapters to get the full gist of what was going on, but once I did the world just clicked into place.
Bump Time Origin has two main characters: Diesel and Lilah. There are others, but these are the main two, or is that they are the main 60 characters? It’s really hard to keep track of how many main characters there are in this book because there are actually dozens of Diesels. They are called 25, 26, 27 – the number representing their age. On a side note, the author does the readers a big favor by titling the chapters with “our Diesel’s” current age. It definitely helped at the beginning when everything was new and I was still trying to learn the world. However, because most of the focus is on these two characters if whatever reason you don’t click with them then this may be a hard to book to finish since they are the subjects of the entire book. Other characters include Rose, Justus, Bunny, and Ciopova (the AI). If there are any issues with the book for me, it would be that I would have liked more engagement with Justus or Bunny, if only to break up the focus on all the Diesels and Lilah and add conversations outside of the main characters. I would have taken a little more Ciopova too, if only to see inside the head a little bit more…
Alternate Parallel Universes:
Somewhere around 15% in, the parallel universe clicked for me. I understood all the brothers and how they functioned. But, when the main mystery started being seriously looked at by the different brothers and the Lilahs and Roses I got lost – just a little – in regards to who is doing what and when it happens. I am not ashamed to admit I get lost in sci fi sometimes and this is probably one of those occasions where “it’s me, not you.” It wasn’t that the plot became overly complicated, it was just more of me trying to figure out the timeline and who is in the timeline.
Although the book ended, I’m pretty sure the battle against Ciopova hasn’t been completely won. This is the first book in the series, with the next one call Bump Time Meredian. I definitely recommend this book to sci fi fans or anyone who enjoys alternate and parallel universes and AIs that go out of control a bit.
Thanks to the publisher, author, and GoodReads – this book was won in a GoodReads Giveaway and is my honest opinion.