Last Year
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Last Year


From the author of the bestselling and Hugo Award-winning Spin, comes an SF tale that poses searching questions about tourism and colonization

Two events made September 1st a memorable day for Jesse Cullum. First, he lost a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Second, he saved the life of President Ulysses S. Grant.

It's the near future, and the technology exists to open doorways into the past--but not our past, not exactly. Each "past" is effectively an alternate world, identical to ours but only up to the date on which we access it. And a given "past" can only be reached once. After a passageway is open, it's the only road to that particular past; once closed, it can't be reopened.

A passageway has been opened to a version of late 19th-century Ohio. It's been in operation for most of a decade, but it's no secret, on either side of time. A small city has grown up around it to entertain visitors from our time, and many locals earn a good living catering to them. But like all such operations, it has a shelf life; as the "natives" become more sophisticated, their version of the "past" grows less attractive as a destination.

Jesse Cullum is a native. And he knows the passageway will be closing soon. He's fallen in love with a woman from our time, and he means to follow her back--no matter whose secrets he has to expose in order to do it.

Title:Last Year
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:351 pages

    Last Year Reviews

  • Philip
    Apr 05, 2017

    3.5ish stars.For a time travel book this is surprisingly not infuriating. And for a "sci-fi thriller" there's surprisingly more focus on characterization than action (mostly). Sure, there's the requis...

  • Bookwraiths
    Mar 10, 2017

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.Time Travel. Alternate timelines. Dystopian themes. Action and adventure. Love story. All these themes and more integrated by Robert Charles Wilson into an intriguin...

  • Lata
    Apr 26, 2017

    3-3.5 stars. A time travelling story with a main character whose primary quality seems to be placidity. The author avoids some of the usual pitfalls of time travel stories thankfully, and also present...

  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Jan 18, 2017

    This was a book full of ideas. It was about a group of people from the future who found a way into the past and set up a way to make money there. It could have explored a lot of things. How did they l...

  • Liviu
    Dec 10, 2016

    Starts great and despite being a bit so-so on its blurb, the narrative pull of the first few pages was so great that I kept turning them and reading; unfortunately about half on, the book turned into ...

  • C.W.
    Jan 31, 2017

    An intriguing take on time travel, mainly focused on its characters, and the ethical and moral implications of influencing the past and future of a world that doesn't affect our own. Full video review...

  • Standback
    Dec 06, 2016

    A good read, though it kind of doesn't make it to where it's trying to go.The future has opened up a window into the past. They're sending through tourists, they're opening up trade. They're selling t...

  • Sara Cutaia
    Dec 02, 2016

    One of - no, THE - best time-traveling book I've ever read. The story takes place in 1876, but people from the 21st century have traveled back in time and are making a "resort" out of the time period....

  • Danny Tyran
    May 29, 2017

    Jesse, the MC, is a guy from the past (circa 1820) who works for Futurity: city including some sort of door between Jesse's time period and ours. Kemp, the Futurity's boss, stole the technology from s...

  • Mick
    Feb 17, 2017

    Well, this was a damned good time travel tale, with a kind of dystopian twist.I think what distinguishes this book from a lot of time travel tales is that it doesn't overly-explain how it works. In fa...