I love a good sci-fi story, and Taking Time held lots of promise in its premise. The book was well-written and an easy, light read despite the weighty subject matter. As an amateur nerd, I found the science behind the sci-fi concepts and time travel to be grounded and believable enough to not pull me out of the story. Anything goes with that, really, since it’s a purely fictional concept. But some stories pull it off better than others.
The characters were fun and well developed. Early on the book reads like a series of vignettes, with a focus more on the characters than on a strong, central plot hook. This works well for the most part, but the lack of focus does make the back half of the book a bit harder to follow and results in the story being moved along more out of necessity than out of anything the characters do.
Still, it’s a fun read, a bit silly, a bit dark, a bit serious. Worth taking a look at if you’re a fan of sci-fi but not looking for some intricate, interconnected epic.