The Map of Time review
Author: Felix J. Palma
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
Hardcover, 611 pages
ISBN: 1439167397 ISBN-13: 9781439167397
Genre: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, YA
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Summary: A Map of Time by Felix J. Palma. Set in Victorian London with characters 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 investigage 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?
There is a quote by Albert Einstein at the beginning of this novel that says "The distinction between past, present and future is an illusion but a very persistent one." I don't think the author, Felix J. Palma, could have found a more perfect quote to fit The Map of Time. The threads of time are so intrinsically woven its' hard to separate what is real and what is an illusion in this novel.
This novel takes place in London during the reign of Queen Victoria. This is an interesting time period because so much progress in the area of science was being made. Society was more acceptable to new discoveries. Also it was a frightening time because the infamous Jack the Ripper was making his presence known throughout England. Andrew Herrington loses his lover, Marie Jeanette, to the abominable crimes of Jack the Ripper. Andrew is distraught over his loss. The only thing he wants out of life is to see Marie Jeanette again. His cousin Charles discovers a way that might be possible but first they must seek out the one person who started it all, H.G. Wells. This begins the adventure that takes readers into the past, present and future.
The Map of Time is broken up into three parts. There are many interesting characters and several story lines that intertwine together. However all three parts and all the characters seem to center around the author of The Time Machine, H.G. Wells. Wells's book about time traveling is well known. He seems to be an authority on the subject of time traveling. Many people seek him out to answer questions about time traveling. His book, The Time Machine has opened up the door for time traveling to be accepted into society. I really liked reading about H. G. Wells. I think that Felix J. Palma did an excellent job mixing fact with fiction. After I finished reading this book I did a little research on H. G. Wells because I wanted to know how much liberty the author took when writing this novel. Felix. J. Palma put so much detail of Wells's life that it was hard to differentiate between fact and fiction at times. There are also many characters in this novel that readers might be familiar with such as, The Elephant Man, Bram Stoker, and Henry James.
This book had its ups and downs for me. There are some parts of this novel that I absolutely loved. There were parts of this book that I found rather boring. I had to push through those parts and I'm glad that I did. Palma addresses some interesting questions in this novel such as "How much personal responsibility do we have concerning the future of our world?" "If we know what will happen in the future, should we try and change it or just let things fall to fate?" There are also many themes in this book that deal with division among the classes and science versus religion. This is definitely an interesting book and I'm glad that I read it. This book takes a dark tone at times and is a bit gruesome at others. It is fascinating to read about this time period. There are times that I found myself saying "whoa, what?" The Map of Time has adventure, mystery and humor. If you like historical fiction with a sci-fi twist, you should definitely read this book.
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