Syncing Forward by W. Lawrence
Syncing Forward is a story that focuses on Martin James and his family, and what happens to them once Martin is injected with a medication that allows him to move forward in time.
Sci-fi isn’t my usual genre, but I was intrigued by the synopsis of this story. Initially, I thought that the time travel would be something along the lines of Doctor Who. I was wrong, but I found the concept of someone’s body slowing down to a fraction of a normal person’s body both intriguing and terrifying. The whole concept was done well, showing all the medical advancements as time goes on, and the author doesn’t seem to miss anything from politics to technology in this futuristic world. In the beginning, the author takes his time setting up the relationship between Martin and his friends and family, so it’s a slow start, but things pick up a little bit.
I did find the middle of this book to be a bit slow to read. Martin gets a new treatment, wakes up, sees his family, learns something new about the terrorists that dosed him and then slows down again. This is repeated multiple times until the end. I understand that this is how his life is, and I did think the author did a good job showing how the world changed through newspaper headlines, but I found it a bit tedious. By the second time Martin wakes though, I had the pattern down and was hoping for something different to happen.
The ending frustrated me a bit. I won’t post any spoilers, but we never know for sure if Martin gets the treatment or not. Wasn’t that the whole point of the story? I felt a bit dissatisfied by this. I also thought the introduction of the sheng ji to be a bit abrupt, but since Martin learns things suddenly, and usually decades after an event happens, I didn’t fault the author for this as it works with the character. Also, his niece is never found, which was a loose end I thought would have been nice to have tied up.
Overall, I enjoyed the author’s writing style, the book was edited well. I only noticed a few misspelled words and those were usually when Martin was slowing down and everything ran together. I also found this author to have a very creative world and found the worldbuilding to be wonderful. I have to commend the author for having such a creative and thoroughly thought out story.
My Rating: 4/5
Thrill Rating: 3.5/5
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