Tripp in Time

Fiction - Time Travel
310 Pages
Reviewed on 03/23/2019
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Reviewed by Steve Leshin for Readers' Favorite

In the year 2050, after a devastating nuclear war, a brilliant astrophysicist, Matt Mathews, discovers that magnetum has magnetic properties to safely attract and destroy the deadly radiation from the nuclear Armageddon, and thus save the world. There is a new world order and a sinister leader for the New America, General Stone, who murders any dissenters and keeps Matt Mathews under close watch. He has a new use for magnetum. He wants to find the fountain of youth and keep from aging. Meanwhile, Matt secretly builds a time machine using his personal stash of magnetum to power it. This sets the stage for the story to really begin. Tripp in Time by Matt Stewart introduces us to two teenagers in the year 2070, Tripp and Ember, on a date on Thanksgiving Day. To impress his new girl friend, Tripp visits his Uncle Matt (yes the same Matt Matthews previously described). They accidentally discover the time machine his uncle built and both Tripp and Ember are sucked away in a time portal to the year 2001. They find Matt and his nemesis, a man named Ryker.

Time travel stories are often problematic to begin with. How do you explain how it works? The sheer math equations involved, not to mention Einstein quantum mechanics, make this genre a real challenge to most novelists. One must have a plot device to make time travel plausible for the reader. In Tripp in Time, author Matt Stewart cleverly provides it. Before you even get to chapter one, there is a nifty prologue to explain how time travel is possible. The story goes on from there with catchy dialogue, and enough twists and turns to keep the reader very much entertained. A thoroughly enjoyable time travel story with some dark moments, some truly touching moments, and a surprise ending. This is an above average science fiction novel. Overall, a great story with witty dialogue and plot.