Book Review | The Map of Time
Title: The Map of Time: A Novel
Author: Felix J. Palma
About the Book:
Set in Victorian London with char-acters real and imagined, The Map of Time is a page-turner that boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence.
What happens if we change history? Felix J. Palma explores this question in The Map of Time, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting—a story full of love and adventure that transports readers to a haunting setting in Victorian London for their own taste of time travel.
I could easily see The Map of Time becoming a literary classic. Felix J. Palma is a masterful storyteller that weaves a tale that left me on the edge of my seat. Even though it is a long one with over 500+ pages, I was still sad to see it end.
The book is broken up into various tales all different yet intertwined. The first part was the story of the wealthy aristocrat, Andrew, who we see is deeply depressed. The reader learns that many years ago the love his life, Marie Kelly, was brutally murdered by Jack the Ripper. Andrew feels immense guilt because he arrived too late to save her life. Many years later, he finds out about a place called Murray’s Time Travel that can send people to the future…to the year 2000 to be exact. Andrew desperately wants to go back in time to save Marie from being killed. His cousin, Charles, arranges this to happen, but not with Murray’s Time Travel. Instead they enlist the help of The Time Machine author himself, H.G. Wells!!
Andrew’s story shocked me because I could have never predicted what was to actually happen. It still amazes me to think just how GOOD this author. Yep you got me- I had no clue! I would love to be able to tell you more, but I don’t want to ruin it for you.
The next part of the book is about a young single woman named Claire who is also not happy with her current life. In Claire’s case, she is just extremely bored with the Victorian era and has it set in her mind that she is going to time travel to the year 2000 and stay there! She goes to Murray’s Time Travel and registers for the next expedition to the year 2000 to witness the war between the Automatons and the brave Captain Shackleton (think the future in the movie Terminator). This story also has a nice little twist that yet again I did not see coming!
What I like about this book is how all the characters are connected to each other in some way or another. What happens in one part of the book may not make sense or be completely understood until you are reading another part of the book from a different character’s point of view. H.G. Wells was a character connected to every part and seemed to me to be the main character of the book. I’ve never read The Time Machine, but after reading The Map of Time, I want to get my hands on a copy.
The Map of Time is wonderful and has become one of my favourite books of all time.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*