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Review: The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen

19 Oct

The Revisionists by Thomas MullenMy rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

f you want a mind-bending adventure with many twists and turns, time travel, and a look at a path from where we are to a future “perfect society”, this book is for you. If you like to be certain of your footing when you are reading, you’d probably be happier avoiding it.

I’m really happy I picked it up.

Summary via Goodreads.com:

Would you kill to make the world a peaceful place?

Zed is an agent from the future. A place where all of the world’s problems have been solved. No hunger. No war. No despair.

His mission is to keep that way. Even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course, especially one just on the horizon.

Zed’s mission will ensnare the lives of a disgraced former spy named Leo; a young lawyer, Tasha, grieving over the loss of her brother; Sari, the oppressed employee of a foreign diplomat; and countless others. But will he finish his final mission before the present takes precedence over a perfect future? One that may have more cracks than he realizes?

The Revisionists is a literary tale of action and intrigue that puts a fresh spin on today’s global crises, asking questions about the nature of history and the future, and our own roles in shaping them.

Every time I thought I knew what was happening, something changed. I ended up confused, and I mean that in mostly a good way.

Zed (undercover as Troy) was a fascinating character, with a tough past in the “Perfect Society” of the future. He’s a true believer in what he’s doing, but he’s smart enough to let doubts come in. They include the doubts that would occur to anyone sent through time as an assassin, but they take him places I never even imagined.

The contemporary characters were also thought provoking, if somewhat simpler. But beyond Zed, this wasn’t a book about character. It was a book about world building, and how a future is built. It was a book about plot and thrills and crazy and unexpected changes of direction in both small and large scale.

Every time I start to say more, I realize I’m heading toward spoiler territory, so I’ll keep this review brief.  An adventurous book club would really have a good time discussing the twists and turns, what REALLY happened, and what they think of the portrayal of today’s society, the Perfect Society of the future, and the path between them.

One more comment– The Revisionists was a slow read, and I’m not entirely certain why. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to read it, and it wasn”t that I didn’t enjoy reading it. I think I just needed to keep taking some quiet moments to allow me to keep up.

Thank you to Mulholland Books for sending me The Revisionists for review consideration! 

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6 Comments

Posted by on October 19, 2011 in books, reviews

 

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6 responses to “Review: The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen

  1. BermudaOnion

    October 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    It sounds like this is a wild ride with lots of twists and turns!

     
  2. Kelly Blackwell

    October 22, 2011 at 12:27 am

    This looks like my kind of book! I love a good story that keeps me engaged.

     
  3. Leslie

    November 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I almost missed your review on this one. I caught it on the October Wrap-up post. I don’t mind not knowing what’s happening as long as things come together in the end. It sounds like my kind of book and I need to read another time travel book before year end for the challenge.

     

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