Unhappenings by Edward Aubry tells the story of Nigel, whose life hasn’t been ordinary since he was 14. All around him, things tend to unhappen – and he’s the only one who sees the changes.
In Nigel Walden’s life, nothing is permanent. A person he’s known his whole life can the next day be a total stranger to him, and no one else finds it odd. But he’s used to it. In fact, when the world takes its first steps towards time traveling, he believes he finally understands it.
A visit from people in the future dispells all doubts for good, but his life is only about to get worse. He travels through the past and the future, but it still doesn’t make sense. He cannot find the answers he’s looking for but he can’t give up.
Everything changes when he meets Helen. Maybe it’s possible this one person can escape all the unhappenings around Nigel? The price for it, though, far exceeds anything Nigel has ever imagined.
I’m usually not a fan of time travel stories but I gave this one a chance because of the amazingly beautiful cover. Yes I’m aware of the “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” but in this case I’m glad I followed the cover. The story was fresh and the characters pulled me in, though at times they also irritated me.
This book is a good take on future and time traveling, but at its heart lies a love story. The story heavily plays with the possibility of all-enduring love and its consequences. Time traveling and its mechanics are studied in the story more than in any other time travel story I’ve read, which was a nice change. It doesn’t go too deep into the whole thing but it certainly doesn’t just state “well, time travel happened” and move on.
My biggest criticism is that the latter part of the book felt a bit too hurried. Too many things happened in too few pages, and when the end came I was left baffled, still trying to figure out what had happened. Perhaps the story could’ve worked without some of the elements or maybe it needed a couple of more chapters. Either way, I overall enjoyed the book and couldn’t put it down.