A Second Chance for Yesterday

Solaris. Aug. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781786188274. $24.99. SF
DEBUT The reality-tech firm Qbito has made it possible to jump backwards in time with its innovative SavePoint implants and mastery of quantum physics. A flick of the wrist grants one a five-second jump backwards to avoid awkward comments, a missed shot at pool, or even a car crash. But on the eve of the rollout of SavePoint 2.0, lead programmer Nev Bourne finds herself locked in an inescapable Glitch caused by a hack in the code. Every morning she wakes up the morning of the day before, falling backwards through time and being confronted with the mistakes she’s already made and can’t undo. Desperate to find a way out of the Glitch, Nev teams up with an unlikely ally in Airin Myx, a hotshot hacker who remembers their collaboration to fix the code even when Nev doesn’t.
VERDICT The first novel by siblings Rachel Hope Cleves (Unspeakable) and Aram Sinnreich (The Essential Guide to Intellectual Property) draws on their work as a historian and a futurist. Combining accessible prose, exciting action, and deeply philosophical issues, this book would be a win for any library catering to science-fiction readers.
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