{5/5} “I’ve imagined just about every possible explanation for what’s happening to me… Time warps, black holes, God gone berserk… I once had myself convinced this was all some sort of experiment being conducted by an extraterrestrial race.”

Replay by Ken Grimwood, published in 1987 

Jeff died of a heart attack at 43 in 1988. But then he woke up — in his 18-year-old body in 1963. For some unfathomable reason, he had been given another chance to live his life. What would he do this time? Make lots of money, find the love of his life, do something good for the world — there were lots of possibilities.

This book is absolutely fascinating — it grabbed me from start to finish. If you like some philosophy with your science fiction, you will like this book. If you woke up as your younger self but remembered everything that had happened,  what would you do with that knowledge? And how would you find out why this replay is happening to you?

Even though this thing that’s happening to Jeff is unbelievable, Grimwood almost makes you believe it — in the same way that Anne Rice almost makes you believe that witches and vampires are real. It’s well written, and carries you along for the ride. You will find Jeff’s decisions understandable, and you will care about what happens to him.

Although the mechanism of the replay isn’t explained in the book, the possible explanations are described in science fictional terms rather than fantastical terms. Therefore I’m calling the book science fiction.

Grimwood’s other books aren’t as well known as this one, but I will be looking for them.

If you like the sort of books I like, put this at the top of your list.

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One Response to “Replay”

  1. James Says:

    Didn’t know about this one, thanks for the tip!

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