Book Review: A Scientific Romance
Posted by Dianna Gunn
This book was recommended by my English teacher. The back cover and the inside don’t really tell you anything about the book, so it’s a leap of faith.
The leap of faith is totally worth it. The story is about an archaeologist who focuses mostly on the industrial age. He catches wind of a time machine created by a woman named Tatiana and checks out the story.
When the time machine appears, he thinks he’s lost his mind. It takes a long time for him to be sure that it’s real. After much tinkering and playing about, he decides to test the machine and go to 2500 A. D.
The world he finds there is completely unlike ours. What once was England has become almost tropical in weather and now lies in ruins. Human civilization appears to have completely vanished from the planet. Earth has returned to a time before us, in a way. And our main character, David Lambert, is determined to figure out what happened and when.
The most interesting thing about this book is that it’s written as a journal, and that the journal is written first to an old friend and then to an old lover. There is very little dialogue throughout the novel. For most of the story, David is completely and utterly alone. And yet the rich detail of his experience of this world that is ours but isn’t ours is fascinating.
This book was very powerful, very emotional. It inspired me to change things in Tamraq and to play with new ideas. The book is a beautiful mixture of regret for the past and a longing to change things and a desperate need to get to know the future.
I really recommend this book, for its story and for the purpose of seeing an effective novel with barely any dialogue-those are hard to write.
You can buy it here (clicky).