Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Book Review: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Length: 546 pages

Audrey Niffenegger’s innovative debut, The Time Traveler’s Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

The Time Traveler’s Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare’s marriage and their passionate love for each other as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals—steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

I loved this book. I was originally hooked by the interesting concept (who wouldn’t enjoy a love story about spontaneous time travel?), but the characters and writing took it from a cool idea into a really fantastic novel that I couldn’t put down.

I really loved the characters in this book, especially the main characters Henry and Clare. I was rooting for them from the very beginning, and every time something happened to them my heart just went out to them. Seeing the characters as young kids was great also—especially the dynamic between Henry and young Clare. It was so sweet.

It took me a little while to get used to figuring out how old the characters were in each scene because it jumped around a lot (much like Henry, incidentally). However, after a little while I got used to it and was able to place each event in their lives.

For anyone who loves romance of any kind, this book would be a perfect fit. I highly recommend it.

1 comment:

  1. Nice Review. It sounds a little bit like The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris.