5 Stars Reviews

Book Review: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

Goodreads summary: In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history. Fifty years later, time travel is big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?

I so loved this book! It was great to read a science fiction book which revolves around women. I really enjoyed seeing all the different relationships at play, be it familial, romantic, professional. The book touched upon social issues like racism, racism in the police (this isn’t something that’s talked about here in the UK as much as in the US but it is a big issue), queerness, identity and alienation, and had a big focus on mental health. It all felt in-place though, like characters’ queerness was just a fact, not a statement, not the entire story. It was so fun to read, I didn’t feel bogged down by having to understand a bunch of theoretical science like some sci-fi books can do. I’d definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a fun science read with great lesbian representation.

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Read for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompt: a book about time travel.

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