Replay by Ken Grimwood ★★★★☆ #bookreview

replayThis is a fantasy/sci-type book that is not generally my cup of tea. I like time-travel books though so I thought I would give this a chance. It is about a man that dies at the age of 43, but instead of just dying, he returns to age 18 with all of his memories from the next 25 years still intact. He lives all over again in real time, until age 43. Then he dies again and the cycle starts over – and he “replays” his life in a seemingly unending loop. This book is less about time travel to me and more about what would you do differently if you could live your life over. How many times have we all said “If I knew then what I know now”? Well, would you change things? Could you change things? This book explores what could have been and what could never be as we follow his life through the replays and see how altering things ultimately affects him and those around him. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 simply because, for me, I felt myself getting a tad bored during the middle (and that is never a good thing) but ultimately I really enjoyed this book. It was the World Fantasy Award winner for Best Novel in 1988.

Published originally in 1987.

My rating – 4 out of 5

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