Review: The Girl & The Machine

The Girl & the MachineThe Girl & the Machine by Beth Revis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This short story follows Franklin, a time traveler with limited abilities: He can only travel into the past within his own lifetime. And then a girl shows up in his life. She claims to have met a future version of himself, and that the machine she invented will help him to go anywhere in the past or the future without limitations. When Heather shows Franklin the machine, she ensures him that they will change the world together and make it a better place. But Franklin can’t help but feel a little ominous about it all…

You know blurbs that give nothing away? This is one of them. I went into the book thinking it was about something and it turned out something else altogether – much to my delight, actually. Henceforth, there will be SPOILERS so be warned!! Revis put a twist on a standard tale and damn, she turned the protagonist into an antagonist into a single freaking line! I must say, this was a delightful piece of work, especially the revenge she takes on him. Too long we have had the special character be a fountain of goodness – now we get a badass girl who takes her future into her own hands. Amazing storyline, and good plot twist – only thing I probably would have liked is better explanation of the time travel thingie; then again, it’s a short story so for that it did pretty well. Besides, it turned out to be lies anyway.

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