|My Copy||library copy|
|First Read||August 11, 2020|
This is a followup to The Peripheral, which I found very confusing at first but then pretty interesting. This is a second novel that's set in another branched timeline (a stub), but set in modern-day, and the only notable difference is that Hilary Clinton won the 2016 election. It's not said as such, but there are pointed references to 'her' that seem clear.
The core function is still the same: an action-packed 'present-day' that is just on the verge of The Jackpot, with guest appearances by future-denizens using their unspecified time-traveling data connections. It's fine. It's much more action-movie like, as if written primarily to be adapted for a movie. It's fine? Not great?
But this one has a new set of 'past' characters, mostly, and the same set of 'future' characters that we get to spend some more time with.
Noted on June 11, 2021
“The drivers for the jackpot are still in place, but with less torque at that particular point.” He took a seat at the table. “They’re still a bit in advance of the pandemics, at least.”
Quoted on June 11, 2021