Weighing Shadows

Night Shade. Nov. 2015. 328p. ISBN 9781597808408. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781597805858. FANTASY
Marginally employed hacker Ann Decker gets a job offer that seems too good to be true. She's been recruited by Transformations Unlimited, a company in the time-travel business. The firm uses operatives like her to go back into the past to alter small details that they say will somehow fix a blighted 24th-century future. At first, Ann is excited by her missions, but she starts to question the motives of her employers after she meets a splinter group that believes the trips have an ulterior motive.
VERDICT While Goldstein's (The Uncertain Places) writing is quite fine, this time-travel scenario never quite hangs together. Authors such as Kage Baker with her "Company" stories or Connie Willis with her time-traveling Oxford researchers have done a much better job at both painting a picture of the past and giving readers a solid reason for the traveling, rather than a vague conspiracy theory that never makes it all the way onto the page.

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