The first thing I want to say about Syncing Forward by W. Lawrence is: Wow.
If you haven’t read this yet, go and buy a copy today and read it immediately. When you’re done, you can come back and tell me I was right :).
This was another I found lurking in my “re-read” collection on my Kindle, having read it when it first came out a couple of years ago. I’d seriously forgotten how fantastic this novel is.
Let’s check out the blurb:
Attacked and injected with a drug which slows his metabolism to a fraction of normal, Martin James becomes an unwilling time traveler who hurtles through the years. His children grow up, his wife grows older, and his only hope is finding the people who injected him in the first place- not an easy task when one day for Martin lasts four years. And while Martin James strives to find a cure before everyone he loves is gone, others are uncertain if his journey can be stopped at all.
W. Lawrence weaves a dystopian future filled with the best and worst of humanity, highlights the blessings and curses of technology, and pushes the limits of faith and hopelessness. Above all, Syncing Forward is a tale of one man’s love for his family, and their devotion to saving him from being lost forever.
Sounds cool, huh? A unique approach to time travel, where instead of using machines to zip into the future, the person is slowed down to 1/4000th their normal speed. So while decades zip by, our protagonist only ages a few hours.
The first-person perspective the novel is written in works really well, and I found myself sympathising with Martin’s plight on many occasions. The way he describes his daughters growing up in front of his eyes, and the pain that caused him, well I could immediately relate to the character having two young daughters myself. I found myself wondering what I would do in that situation and needed to pause reading every now and again to stop myself crying (seriously).
There is so much story packed into this book. When I checked my progress, thinking I had to be near the end I found I was only at 50%.
I found the book impossible to put down. I’m so glad I started re-reading this on a rainy weekend, because I spent the whole 2 days smashing through the story.
The one problem I have with this? Mister Lawrence hasn’t written anything else for me to read!
Fantastic story. I definitely recommend this one.