This novel followed the journey and psychology of modern English teacher Jake Epping tasked with travelling through time, initially with a single goal; stopping the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Throughout his journey in the past he discovered much more than this difficult task. He found other potential changes to positively affect the friends he had made in the future, he found the love of his life, and he found how obdurate, but pleasantly harmonizing the past could be. The novel discovers how truly difficult the trials of changing a delicate past may be, and the trials this English teacher would face on his journey to do so.
This novel was particularly interesting because it fully explained how intricate and challenging changing the past would be, even with knowing exactly what may happen beforehand. This novel was also interesting in the way that it explored the inner-workings of Jake Epping’s mind throughout this experiences, growing his own relationships in the past, but knowing that these would only exist in this false “Land of Ago,” he starts to regret how tight these bonds had become, and how he would eventually need to sever them.
This novel turned out to be extremely thrilling and I became very invested in the characters as they developed throughout the novel. By the end of the gripping story I was unable to put it down. I would give it a solid 9 out of 10. I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in historical fiction, romance, and/or thrilling stories. - Henry H., class of 2012