Detours in Time by Pamela Schloesser Canepa

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Paperback: $11.99
Kindle: $3.65

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On a whim, feisty Tabitha takes a trip to the future with her trusted friend Milt, an awkward Science professor. Wonders and curiosities abound. However, their amusing journey soon becomes a challenging maze of difficult decisions. When an unplanned detour occurs, the two set events into action that may save one life and yet destroy another. Can these friends of completely different mindsets agree on a course of action? Amid the backdrop of a future that reveals great wonders and horrors, Detours in Time starts as a fantastic escape and grows to present many moral dilemmas and surprises that can either destroy the strongest friendship or bring two people closer.

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We follow the story of Tabitha, nicknamed Pinky, and her friend, a science professor, named Milt. Being the mad scientist he is, he constructed a hybrid car, called Envo. The car is capable of flying and, you guessed it, time travel. Any resemblance with Back to the Future is purely coincidental. Nothing to see here, move along.

The story itself is well constructed. We follow the pair on their journey to the future. As you would imagine, everything does not go smoothly. The story then shifts from travel to a our-actions-might-change-the-future kind of thing. I mean, I expected something like that as soon as I picked up the book, so it did not catch me off guard, but I do not like the feeling when I find the story predictable. The love story unfolding between the two is just bad. I mean, again, it is totally predictable. The second thing is that it was poorly written. At some parts it was really awkward and just too smooth. It was basically a Hollywood romance without the twists.

Carrying on. The descriptions were great… The first time at least. I loved the future that the author laid out. It was basically something that I would imagine the future looked like, so it felt familiar to me, and I could easily relate to it. So this was done exceptionally well. Now, to return to the other part of the second sentence. I believe many of you took the hint and a simple word appeared in your minds: repetitions. If it did, congratulations, pat yourself on the back. If it did not, blame me. Anyway, some descriptions were made vividly enough the first time around. If I give an example (no, it will not spoil the story for you), the descriptions of 2047 tattoos were great. But they should not be repeated again and again. Every time the pair meets a new person, we immediately jump to their unique tattoos. Why not jump to their unique personality? Why not explore the minds a bit more. This is not a movie, I do not need special effects for the book to be great, I need something relatable, something that makes me think, laugh, cry (I don’t cry, I’m a man. Testosterone. Roar!) and so on and so forth.

The characters were not that great. I mean, you could not relate to any of them, they were just too plain. Sure, they showed emotions, but nothing else. No development, no serious thought process even in the midst of potentially changing the whole future. They were naive and made me want to slap them. But then again, this is only the first book of the series, so maybe we will see more of that in the second.

All in all, it is a fun read. Especially if you enjoy time travel and futuristic books.

Book recommendation: 7/10