For the 2018 Reading Challenge prompt #23, a book about time travel, I chose to read The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. I had this book on my shelves already, so it wasn’t a difficult choice for this prompt.
The concept behind this story is fascinating and original. Niffenegger has conceived of the idea of time travel as a genetic disorder. Henry can’t control his travels through time. This story tracks his love affair with Clare, who moves through time normally.
The narrative goes back and forth through time, telling the story of Henry and Clare in episodes from their childhoods on up through adulthood. Along the way, Niffenegger reveals bits about each of the characters, building up to a conclusion that feels inevitable.
The Time Traveler’s Wife has a complex plot, that in the wrong hands could have easily become convoluted and confusing. Niffenegger has masterfully moved a story forward in which time doesn’t behave the way it’s supposed to. And she’s done it in such a way that the storyline has a natural progression.
It isn’t without faults. There are places where the story drags a little, and elements I’m not convinced were completely necessary. Still, overall, this is an excellent book, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in quirky love stories.