Review: All Our Wrong Todays


“All Our Wrong Todays” is a witty story about a heartbroken time traveler.

By Kaitlyn Ketchell, Reporter

Author: Elan Mastai

Synopsis: “Tom Barren lives in the world we were supposed to have. The technological utopia envisioned by the optimistic science fiction of the 1950s… yet Tom can’t seem to find his place in this perfect utopia and feels like a constant disappointment to his brilliant but distant father. When the girl of his dreams turns his life upside down, Tom does what you do when you’re heartbroken and have a time machine – something stupid.” – Elan Mastai

Review: All Our Wrong Todays takes a unique twist on classic time travel stories. Fans of Andy Weir’s The Martian will appreciate both the humor and writing style of Elan Mastai’s witty debut novel.

After he botches a time travel experiment, Tom Barren finds himself stranded in our 2016, which seems like a dystopian wasteland compared to the utopian dreamland he previously inhabited. As he tries to find a way back to his perfect world, he realizes that his old timeline isn’t so perfect… and that this new one isn’t so bad.

Contrary to some time travel stories, Mastai does a fantastic job of explaining time travel in such a way that is easy to understand and sounds plausible, rather than just saying, “It’s time travel. Don’t question how it works, because I was too lazy to think about it for more than two seconds.” Instead, he discusses various time travel theories and why they’re right or wrong, as well as pointing out aspects of time travel that I had never even considered.

There were quite a few sex scenes that helped All Our Wrong Todays earn its way into the YA category, but they were all relevant to the plot, so I suppose I can let it slide. Just don’t go reading All Our Wrong Todays to your young and impressionable siblings.

Ultimately, All Our Wrong Todays is a book I wish I could go back and read again for the first time (ha, ha, time travel jokes). I recommend it to anyone interested in time travel, and even people such as myself who just enjoy science fiction.

Verdict: 7/10, there were parts I really enjoyed, and parts that I didn’t enjoy so much. There were parts that made total sense, and parts that made me feel more stupid than I’ve ever felt before. As a whole, though, I liked it quite a bit (enough to write a review attempting to convince others to read it).