Author: Jason Ayres
Published: 2015 by Chapel Street Press
Read: April 2015
Why it made it to the top of the pile: It was my latest Kindle purchase
Categories: Fiction, Sci Fi & Fantasy
Full Disclosure: Purchased
Trivia Tidbit: Jason Ayres won a competition to be Britain's Official Sausage Taster for 2013 (his book, Sausage Man, is the memoir of this year of sausage-y goodness)
It's a curious cross between Groundhog Day and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Gradually the pain, then the cancer, disappears, as he lives his life in reverse. Any financial gain possible with his knowledge of the future (gambling, stock market) is lost at 3.00am when the clock resets. This doesn't stop Thomas trying to change the lives of those he loves for the better. He researches his life through Facebook and text messages, aware of pivotal moments long before he (re)experiences them. The question of alternate futures is raised but not answered, and the reader is left wondering what will happen to Thomas when he gets all the way back to Day 1.
There is - and it seems unnecessary to me - a great deal of focus on Thomas's sexual adventures through his life in reverse. The lives of some characters in the book are changed by Thomas's actions, but the butterfly effect of these actions is not revealed as Thomas continues to move along his timeline in reverse. There are a number of interesting paths left untraveled here, which made the book somewhat unsatisfying.
I should note, however, that this book ties into some of the author's other works (TheTime Bubble series), so perhaps these paths are traveled elsewhere.