With his daughter lying in a coma and a death sentence hanging over his head, Luca’s time-distorting research that will sort this mess can’t finish quickly enough. Although, once successful, the past and the future will be fixed and all of Luca’s bad decisions will be erased. But with a mysterious organisation after his invention and a lot of mistakes to fix, is Luca’s time running out?
Yestermorrow is a prelude to Armitage’s forthcoming book, New Yesterday. And if you want to confuse yourself, order yourself a copy and wait for the “arriving tomorrow: Yestermorrow email”.
This novella, in true Armitage style, is lightning quick from the off. The pace and tone accelerate as Luca turns from doting father trying to rescue (or pre-rescue, I suppose) his daughter to sprinting through an increasingly unravelling time tunnel. Luca’s life knits together and falls apart in equal measure as his desperate bid to save his daughter gathers momentum. The book transposes from past to present with the decisions and actions showing their present-day consequences side by side. The fact that these are scrubbed and altered Butterfly Effect style as the plot ramps up only heightens the reading experience.
As a standalone novel the time splitting hook is more than enough to have had me rifling through the 200 pages in breakneck speed. The concept of being able to rewrite our lives to cut out the bad decisions is played out really nicely here, while staying true to the “get in, there’s no time to explain” style of sci-fi that Armitage does so well.
Carpe Hesterno Die
With Christmas coming up there’s few stocking fillers that would fit the bill for your time bending sci-fi fan than Yestermorrow. I loved tearing through time in this story and I will certainly be checking out New Yesterday.