Here and Now and Then
To save his daughter, he'll go anywhere—and any-when…Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in I.T., trying to keep the spark in his marriage, and struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler's brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.Their mission: return Kin to 2142 where he's only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember.Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It'll take one final trip across time to save Miranda—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart, and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most.

Here and Now and Then Details

TitleHere and Now and Then
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 29th, 2019
PublisherMira Books
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GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Fiction

Here and Now and Then Review

  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars, rounded up.I know I'm not the only one who finds novels about time travel utterly irresistible. It's not the science of time travel that fascinates me, although I'm always drawn in by the possible paradox of running into yourself somewhere in time. For me, it's more the thought that one single action, even the smallest gesture, can set off a chain of events that could change the world as we (or the characters) know it.In Mike Chen's new novel, Here and Now and Then , Kin (short for Q 3.5 stars, rounded up.I know I'm not the only one who finds novels about time travel utterly irresistible. It's not the science of time travel that fascinates me, although I'm always drawn in by the possible paradox of running into yourself somewhere in time. For me, it's more the thought that one single action, even the smallest gesture, can set off a chain of events that could change the world as we (or the characters) know it.In Mike Chen's new novel, Here and Now and Then , Kin (short for Quinoa—when he was born the world was obsessed with naming babies after food) is a special agent for the Temporal Correction Bureau (TCB), in the year 2142. When a simple mission back in time to the 1990s gets botched, Kin finds himself stranded in the San Francisco suburbs—for 18 years.After his initial panic gave way to acceptance, Kin realizes that he must live his life in the here and now of the 1990s, even if it isn't quite his real here and now. So he finds himself building a life—working in IT; keeping his marriage to Heather, a driven, science fiction-obsessed attorney, on track; and trying to maintain his relationship with their teenage daughter, Miranda. It's not all that difficult, but through the years he struggles with memory loss, debilitating headaches, and blackouts—evidence his brain is destabilizing due to all of the time travel.Kin tries to write off his episodes as PTSD, but as they increase in frequency and intensity, they take their toll on his marriage and his relationship with Miranda. When the TCB's retrieval agent finally locates Kin, and readies to bring him back to 2142, Kin isn't sure he wants to leave the life he has known, even if he knows he never should have had it in the first place. And when he returns to his present-day, Kin is shocked to find he had a completely different life he left behind. How can he return to his "old" life when his wife and daughter are back in the past?"Did a missing past even matter anymore compared to human touch in the here and now?"As Kin tries to re-acclimate to his life and those in it, he longs for his daughter. When his efforts to keep in touch with her across the years inadvertently put her in danger, Kin realizes the only thing he can do is travel back in time to save her, even if it means the end of his life and the end of his relationships in current time. It will take courage and strength he's not sure he has anymore, and the luck of time, which he hopes is on his side one last time.I thought this was a fun, poignant book, full of suspense and emotion. At times it got a little too technical for me (science is so not my thing, even if it's fictional science), but the story had so much heart, and you wanted to root for everyone, even if that meant not everyone would get what they wanted. Kin is a terrific character, even if you wanted to smack him sometimes so he'd just say what he was feeling. Here and Now and Then is an enjoyable addition to the time travel genre. But even if you're not a time travel fan, there's enough emotion, heart, and character development to sink your teeth into. And who knows? Maybe it will even get you thinking about who you'd travel through time for!NetGalley and MIRA provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com, or check out my list of the best books I read in 2017 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2017.html.
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  • Angela M
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy time travel stories every once in a while and I just accept the moving from one time to another, paying little attention to the details of what gets the character there and back and sometimes back again. The important things for me are the characters and their relationships and how they manage in the different years. So I tried to ignore the technical details put forth here, although some of it, of course was important to how the story plays out. The “technical” details in the story didn I enjoy time travel stories every once in a while and I just accept the moving from one time to another, paying little attention to the details of what gets the character there and back and sometimes back again. The important things for me are the characters and their relationships and how they manage in the different years. So I tried to ignore the technical details put forth here, although some of it, of course was important to how the story plays out. The “technical” details in the story didn’t grab me. I prefer a simpler way of moving from time to time without a lot of explanation. For some reason, I can be more accepting of it that way. Having said that, I was taken with the core theme, a father’s love for his daughter and the lengths he would go to save her.A time travel mission for The Temporal Corruption Bureau goes wrong when Kin travels from 2142 to 1996, to catch a rogue agent who is attempting what is taboo in time travel, trying to change history . When he gets stranded in the past, not remembering his present/future life, he marries and has a 14 year old daughter. Things become complicated when he is rescued against his will and he has to leave his wife and daughter behind. Things are complicated further by the fact that he has someone in his life in this time as well. With the ability to search websites of the past, Kin is able to find out the fate of his wife and daughter and is determined to make things right for his daughter Miranda and insure that she has a good life. He begins to communicate with her by e-mail and is caught by his employer and his mission is now to save his daughter. This is fast paced, quick to read if you gloss over the technical details like I did. Time travel stories can be far fetched, and some of what happens here, especially near the end felt a bit too much for me. But it’s a touching story and overall I enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend this to time travel aficionados.I received an advanced copy of this book from HARLEQUIN - MIRA through NetGalley.
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  • K.A. Doore
    January 1, 1970
    This book. THIS book. THIS BOOK.Here and Now and Then is a perfect little sci-fi gem, with just a touch of literary. When time traveler Kin gets stuck in the 20th century, he does what any reasonable person would do: fall in love and start a family. This turns out to be a perfectly good plan - until suddenly the rescue team shows up, almost two decades too late. Now Kin is back in the 22nd century, where for everyone else it's only been a week, but for him it's been an entire life. He really tri This book. THIS book. THIS BOOK.Here and Now and Then is a perfect little sci-fi gem, with just a touch of literary. When time traveler Kin gets stuck in the 20th century, he does what any reasonable person would do: fall in love and start a family. This turns out to be a perfectly good plan - until suddenly the rescue team shows up, almost two decades too late. Now Kin is back in the 22nd century, where for everyone else it's only been a week, but for him it's been an entire life. He really tries to settle back in, but when the daughter he had in the past is threatened, well, he's not about to let that slide.It's a poignant story written with a deft hand. There's a heckuva lot to unpack emotionally when you're dealing with two lives and two families, and a heckuva lot of ways to go wrong, but Chen lands each emotional beat with not only style, but a punch to the gut. I'm not usually one to cry while reading (A Fault In Our Stars was the last one to get me, so it's been years), but I went through half a box of tissues in those last few chapters.Moreover, the women are all fully formed, fully realized characters, with just as much depth as the men, and there's no Big Bad Wolf, just people being people. It's morally gray in the best way and the technobabble is just enough to be believable without going overboard. Tense, exciting, emotional, and full of heart - this one's going in my rec-to-everyone list.
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  • Katherine Riley
    January 1, 1970
    Here and Now and Then is a superbly plotted technological twister about a husband and father forced into an impossible choice. The science is precise and clever, and Chen deftly serves up each unexpected turn, in the process constructing his own impossible — two poignant and disparate lives simultaneously experienced by one person. As a writer I read with admiration, and as a mother I sometimes needed a handkerchief.
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  • Crystal Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Y'all, I have a special place in my heart for time travel and I love reading about future tech. It's the reason I love Black Mirror so much--seeing possibilities.I don't read nearly enough speculative fiction and Here and Now and Then has given me the nudge I needed.One of the things that made this book so enjoyable for me is that there is plenty of technology involved, but we don't get bogged down in specs and the kind of extraneous detail that sometimes makes my eyes glaze over.I think it work Y'all, I have a special place in my heart for time travel and I love reading about future tech. It's the reason I love Black Mirror so much--seeing possibilities.I don't read nearly enough speculative fiction and Here and Now and Then has given me the nudge I needed.One of the things that made this book so enjoyable for me is that there is plenty of technology involved, but we don't get bogged down in specs and the kind of extraneous detail that sometimes makes my eyes glaze over.I think it works so well because although time travel is the glue that holds the story together, I would consider it the B plot. The A plot is more about family and relationships, love and sacrifice, and all the joy and pain that comes with it.The cast of characters are strong enough that I really cared about all of them. The empathy I felt made Kin's mission feel as important to me as it was to him, and that is a rare treat.This is a fast paced, fun read, but it's also touching and evocative.Here and Then and Now is another debut novel that is just superb. The writing is on point and the dialogue is seamless, and despite it's future/past setting, it's quite believable.5/5 stars. Expected date of publication is January 29th, 2019.I received an ARC from MIRA Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Wendy Heard
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautiful, literary, genre-bending sci fi novel about a time traveler and his love for his daughter. Kin's mission to reach across time and space to save his beloved daughter is both touching and terrifying. Fans of THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE and DR. WHO will love Mike Chen. I can't wait to see what he writes next!
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen is a science fiction fantasy novel. This particular time travel adventure takes a look at what happens if things in the past are changed by the time travelers.Kin is from the year 2142 when time travel becomes common and is an agent for the Temporal Correction Bureau (TCB). The agents of the TCB are tasked with going back and protecting the past from corruption as any little change can change their future that is yet to come.However, Kin gets sent on an assignm Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen is a science fiction fantasy novel. This particular time travel adventure takes a look at what happens if things in the past are changed by the time travelers.Kin is from the year 2142 when time travel becomes common and is an agent for the Temporal Correction Bureau (TCB). The agents of the TCB are tasked with going back and protecting the past from corruption as any little change can change their future that is yet to come.However, Kin gets sent on an assignment back to the 1990s to take out someone interfering and while he does succeed in his mission he also ends up with his locator damaged. Kin hops that despite the damage someone will come for him in two days when scheduled but instead finds himself trapped for the next eighteen years where he slowly loses the memories of his true time.Although the idea behind Here and Now and Then is not a new one in the fact that change in the past can change the future I still enjoyed this author’s take on it. This is one that most of the plot is pretty much given away in the blurb so if you didn’t read that yet you may not want to if it sounds like a good one.For me while I enjoyed the ideas on time travel and the story I did think this one read a little on the dry side and I just didn’t feel it oozing with the emotion it should have which is what led to my rating 3.5 stars. Maybe I was focusing a bit too much on the tech side or perhaps it was the male POV or writer that was a bit off to me but regardless it was still a solid and entertaining story.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Nicki Markus
    January 1, 1970
    Here and Now and Then was a perfect mix of family drama and sci-fi adventure. Kin and his predicament caught my interest from the first chapter and held it throughout. The time travel elements were well thought out and blended seamlessly into the tale. I was never left questioning the viability of anything that took place. Kin was an engaging character--as a reader, I desperately wanted him to succeed--and overall this book was a real page-turner that was hard to put down at the end of each read Here and Now and Then was a perfect mix of family drama and sci-fi adventure. Kin and his predicament caught my interest from the first chapter and held it throughout. The time travel elements were well thought out and blended seamlessly into the tale. I was never left questioning the viability of anything that took place. Kin was an engaging character--as a reader, I desperately wanted him to succeed--and overall this book was a real page-turner that was hard to put down at the end of each reading session. I would definitely want to read more from the author in the future, and I recommend Here and Now and Then to fans of time travel works and lighter, genre-bending sci-fi tales.I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley.
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  • Joy Clark
    January 1, 1970
    This is why I love NetGalley. I pick up a book that I normally wouldn't look twice at and end up finding a gem. This is a quick, original read that says a lot about the love of a parent for his/her child. It's much more than a typical scifi with layer upon layer of goodness and depths of feeling that many of this genre fail to reach. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the movie adaptation (cause I don't see how someone won't buy the rights to this one). Oh, and I forgot to add that an This is why I love NetGalley. I pick up a book that I normally wouldn't look twice at and end up finding a gem. This is a quick, original read that says a lot about the love of a parent for his/her child. It's much more than a typical scifi with layer upon layer of goodness and depths of feeling that many of this genre fail to reach. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the movie adaptation (cause I don't see how someone won't buy the rights to this one). Oh, and I forgot to add that any book with Doctor Who references automatically becomes 100% cooler. I mean, "timey wimey" makes an appearance.Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC through NetGalley.
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  • Barb
    January 1, 1970
    *NetGalley ARC Kin Stewart experiences every time traveler’s worst fear; he becomes trapped in a time that is not his own. In 2142, Kin’s job is to travel back in time to thwart time-corrupting crimnals who try to alter the course of history. Tragically, on his 28th assignment, something goes terribly wrong, and he his unable to jump from 1996 back to his real life in 2142. With no choice but to adapt and assimilate into the 20th-21st century, Kin builds a new life, marries, and becomes a father *NetGalley ARC Kin Stewart experiences every time traveler’s worst fear; he becomes trapped in a time that is not his own. In 2142, Kin’s job is to travel back in time to thwart time-corrupting crimnals who try to alter the course of history. Tragically, on his 28th assignment, something goes terribly wrong, and he his unable to jump from 1996 back to his real life in 2142. With no choice but to adapt and assimilate into the 20th-21st century, Kin builds a new life, marries, and becomes a father-only to have this new life ripped from him when a visitor from The Bureau contacts him 18 years later and forces him to return to the future where he belongs. I loved this book and Mike Chen’s astoundingly brilliant imagination. His details of future technologies and mindsets are amazing as he takes the reader on a truly futurist journey. Despite the sci-fi setting, his characters remain very realistic and believable. A father’s pain and unconditional love for his child transcend all time, and we are all behind Kin as he defies “the rules” to give his 21st century daughter the life she deserves.
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  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    Love, love, love this book.
  • Candace Worrell
    January 1, 1970
    This was the time travel book I didn’t know I was waiting for. All anyone wants is for their kids to be ok, even if it destroys the world for everyone else. When innocuous advice like “follow your heart” upends the future and attempts to rectify it...I can’t go on without giving too much away. This book was one of my tops this year.
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  • Sierra
    January 1, 1970
    A beautifully done story about the lengths a parent will go to for his child. Well done time travel and fast pace! Loved it.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to HARLEQUIN - MIRA (U.S. and Canada) and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review. *Please note there are some slightly spoilerish thoughts below.*Kin Stewart is a secret agent from the year 2142 who time travels to catch criminals and due to a mishap - ends up stuck in the 1990s for 18 years. Despite his training where he is supposed to lead a solitary life, discard of any technology or trace that he is from the future and refrain fr Thank you to HARLEQUIN - MIRA (U.S. and Canada) and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review. *Please note there are some slightly spoilerish thoughts below.*Kin Stewart is a secret agent from the year 2142 who time travels to catch criminals and due to a mishap - ends up stuck in the 1990s for 18 years. Despite his training where he is supposed to lead a solitary life, discard of any technology or trace that he is from the future and refrain from creating any event that could interfere with the future - he doesn't listen. He gets married, has a child and lives a pretty normal, everyday existence. Until the future comes to rescue him and he has to renounce everything he has built over the past 18 years and go back.I gave this 3 stars, but to be honest I probably wouldn't have finished this if it wasn't an ARC. While I was extremely interested in the description (hence why I requested this), I unfortunately started to struggle around the 50-75 page mark because there just wasn't enough action to keep me engaged. There were some early signs that had me on the edge of my seat and then the opportunity fizzled and so did my interest. You can't always have action - you need dialogue and character development. However, there wasn't an equal amount to keep it as interesting as it could be. I also don't think the author spent enough time in the 1990s for me to feel the emotional bond about those characters the way that Kin did. So when he was forced to go back into the future (or where he originally came from) I wasn't nearly as gutted as I think the author intended me to be. The other thing I struggled with early on was how it was a little too technical. While I completely appreciate the thought process from the author in explaining everything - I didn't always grasp the science. Some other books that I thought were very "sciencey" (Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and The Martian by Andy Weir) did a better job of explaining the science in more layman's terms. Maybe it didn't help that the time I was able to devote to reading this was later at night when my mom-brain is already tired, but I have read a few other reviews that mentioned the same thing. Back to the action comment - please don't misunderstand me and think I'm one of those people that needs constant action - but I think there needs to be more of a give and take when you're asking the reader to invest their emotions with a character going through a journey like this. My concern with Kin's life in the future ringing hallow - I think the author intended on us living through what the main character did when he returned to the future. Kin struggled with connecting emotionally with his fiance and best friend, even though the memories were there and his brain told him he loved these people, he just didn't feel it. His heart remained back in the 1990's. I was experiencing the same problem, however with both time periods. I didn't get enough of the bond with either time period so the emotion just fell flat with me. It seems that many other readers did find it easy to connect so maybe I am the outlier. I feel bad being so tough on this book because I think it had a lot of potential. I give so much credit to anyone who could write a book and this effort was good. Plus, the ending is what made this a 3 star instead of a 2.5. It was clever and I liked that. Sadly, the whole book just wasn't what I was hoping for. Best of luck to the author and I hope he finds success with this venture and continues to write!
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4 well-traveled starsThis is a wonderful, thought provoking foray into the world of time travel. I suppose this book would be classified as a Sci-Fi, or a Fantasy. However you classify it, it was an enjoyable, and wild ride. We meet Kin Stewart and his family; wife, Ashley and daughter, Miranda in the early 2,000’s. Kin is currently fighting excruciating headaches that he can’t explain; or at least he can’t explain them to his family. He has a suspicion as to what is causing them. Kin is Rating: 4 well-traveled starsThis is a wonderful, thought provoking foray into the world of time travel. I suppose this book would be classified as a Sci-Fi, or a Fantasy. However you classify it, it was an enjoyable, and wild ride. We meet Kin Stewart and his family; wife, Ashley and daughter, Miranda in the early 2,000’s. Kin is currently fighting excruciating headaches that he can’t explain; or at least he can’t explain them to his family. He has a suspicion as to what is causing them. Kin is actually from the year 2142. He travelled to 1992 on a mission to stop something from happening that didn’t happen in the ‘original’ 1992. Something went terribly wrong with the mission and he got stuck in San Francisco in 1992. After 18 years, and starting a family with Ashley (which was totally against the 2142 rules of time travel), Kin is pulled back to the future by a ‘rescue’ mission sent from 2142. At that time he is forced to leave behind his wife, and 14-year old daughter.From there we watch Kin thrash a like a moth against a porch light on the darkest night. He tries to settle into 2142. He needs to reacquaint himself with his fiancée, and her extended family, and settle into his new job. But his mind is continually pulled back to Ashley and Miranda. He wants to be a part of their lives regardless of the consequences. Who does he have the strongest bond with? If you change something in the lives of the people living in the 2000’s, how will it unexpectedly affect generations in the future? What is the ripple effect?I’m a sucker for a good time travel story. The mechanics of the time travel jump, and the future world of 2142 seemed totally plausible to me. I was pleased with how interesting the plot was. The thread of parental love, including what measures you’ll go to for your kids, was strong throughout the book. I loved the ending. Nicely done Mr. Chen. I can’t wait until we all get our hover cars. This was Speculative Fiction that really made me stop and speculate about what the far future might actually hold for our world. ‘Thank-You’ to NetGalley; the publisher, HARLEQUIN - MIRA; and the author, Mike Chen; for providing a free e-ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. (Any quotes shown above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.)
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  • Luupi
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK COMES OUT ON THE 29TH OF JANUARY! 🤩Have you ever read those relationships that simply warm your heart and make you want to read about them nonstop?That's exactly how I felt with Kin and Miranda. Just the sweetest, most heartfelt father and daughter relationship I've ever read. I've actually never read a book before where a father cared so much about his child that he would literally travel through time just to save their life and make sure they live a complete and happy one. Man, I'm a THIS BOOK COMES OUT ON THE 29TH OF JANUARY! 🤩Have you ever read those relationships that simply warm your heart and make you want to read about them nonstop?That's exactly how I felt with Kin and Miranda. Just the sweetest, most heartfelt father and daughter relationship I've ever read. I've actually never read a book before where a father cared so much about his child that he would literally travel through time just to save their life and make sure they live a complete and happy one. Man, I'm almost crying just thinking about them. Kin is the love of my life and definitely one of my favorite characters of all time, I just can't stop thinking about him and how awesome he's as a father.Moreover, all the time travelling aspects of this book were on point. I actually felt like I was there in two different times. And also, I was able to understand all the paradoxes that can be created by changing facts about the past, which I was so confused about before starting Here and Then and Now. All of it was extremely interesting to me, I just wanted more and more. Just when I thought sci-fi may not be the genre for me, this book comes to prove me how amazing the genre can be.Saddly, there are two things that I actually didn't like. The first one being a love interest Kin had. I just didn't see the chemistry between (view spoiler)[Penny and Kin (hide spoiler)], from the beginning we were supposed to not want to be with her since we were reading from Kin's point of view but later I didn't see their relationship developing either. All the time I was rooting for him to (view spoiler)[go back to Miranda and Heather even though she was going to die, for me they were his true family not Penny. That's one of the reasons why I didn't like her, I felt like she was in the middle of my babies being happy. (hide spoiler)]And the second one was that from time to time I would disconnect from the story. I don't actually know why, but there were some moments that dragged a bit for me and I wanted to skip some sentences because I wasn't interested in what was going on. Mainly when Markus was involved, I didn't like that side-character.Now, the ending was spectacular. This book had so many twist that I actually didn't know how things were going to end up but when we got to it, it was exactly how it needed to end. Incredibly amazing and everything just made so much sense. (view spoiler)[But again, I wish Kin didn't end up with Penny. (hide spoiler)]All in all, this book was fantastic for the most part. The time travelling aspect as well as our main character were one of the best things I've read for a while. However, there were some moments were I couldn't get into the story and there's also a love interest who I didn't like, that's the reason why I didn't give this book a full 5 stars.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    All the feels! I was completed engrossed in this time traveler thriller about a father trying to save a daughter he left behind in time. The world-building was solid and the plot was intricate, but best part of this novel was how it touched the heart. Highly recommend! 4.5 stars rounded to 5.Thanks to NetGalley, Harlequin - Mira and the author Mike Chen for an advanced electronic review copy. The book comes out January 29, 2019.
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  • Sharen Popoff
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Harlequin-Mira (U.S. and Canada) for allowing me to read an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a story about family, what we are willing to do for love, what a parent is willing to do for their child AND it is a story about time travel! Kin is a man suddenly returned to his life in the future after years of being stuck in the past. His emotional struggle is compounded by the realisation that his daughter's life follows a tragic path following his depar Thank you to Harlequin-Mira (U.S. and Canada) for allowing me to read an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a story about family, what we are willing to do for love, what a parent is willing to do for their child AND it is a story about time travel! Kin is a man suddenly returned to his life in the future after years of being stuck in the past. His emotional struggle is compounded by the realisation that his daughter's life follows a tragic path following his departure and he is determined to alter that for her regardless of the dangers. This is not a science heavy book full of technical concepts you need to understand to enjoy the story. I love time travel books and always look forward to seeing how the author addresses life in the future: is it fantastical enough without being too outrageous. This book makes the transition between the years reasonable and not distracting to the overall story line yet interesting enough that the little glimpses of futuristic pieces unfold like small surprises within the overall story. I found it funny that in 2142 there is a fast food museum everyone loves going too. I like the "Tent Pole Protection Board' that lists historical figures and events that cannot be altered regardless of morality. A simple but effective way of dealing with the standard time travel conundrum about 'going back to kill Hitler' or changing other historical events debate. I liked how the time travel police are even a secret to those living in 2142! Like the concept of time travel is too futuristic even for them to consider. This is an entertaining book that is basically about relationships and the things we do for those we love: regardless of the risk. The ending was nicely done and did not take advantage of the time travel aspect to make it too outrageous. Overall and enjoyable read!
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  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    The synopsis sums up everything, and that can be both good and bad. There was no room for surprise, not much emotion either. But the overall story was entertaining and I liked the ending. Review soon. This one sounds AMAZING !I also love the cover (which is not featured here yet, but it looks really great)Grabby hands! Gimme gimme!!
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  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight <This book captivated me from start to finish. Literally, from page one, I was hooked. And so I want to gush and shove this book at you and scream "read the thing!" but I guess I will settle for telling you why I adored it, yeah? Great! •Seriously, holy feels! I had tears streaming down my face for idk, at least 90% of this thing? And not because it's horribly sad or anything! But be You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight <This book captivated me from start to finish. Literally, from page one, I was hooked. And so I want to gush and shove this book at you and scream "read the thing!" but I guess I will settle for telling you why I adored it, yeah? Great! •Seriously, holy feels! I had tears streaming down my face for idk, at least 90% of this thing? And not because it's horribly sad or anything! But because it's so full of emotion. There's the obvious heart-wrenching potential facing Kin- he could lose his family for goodness sake. But it goes beyond that. There's hope, desperation, love, friendship, and I could go on for hours. The gamut my emotions ran... it was huge. And that is the absolute best thing to find in a book for me. •I really became connected to the characters. I didn't know if I would, honestly, as I have literally not a thing in common with Kin. But it didn't matter, I felt connected to him throughout. I also grew to genuinely care about the characters who played a role in Kin's story. Even the ones I didn't like at first (aka, the people from the future basically ha), I ended up really having a respect and enjoyment toward by the end. They're so realistic, because they're all flawed, yet good, and basically, completely human. •Brings up so many questions about life and death and longevity and biology and so many other moral quandaries. You all know how I adore a thought-provoking book, and this was that. Perhaps more than any other book I have read, Here and Now and Then poses questions that will make you think long after the pages are done. And it is glorious. I'll let you discover all that fun stuff for yourself! •This is time travel done right. In some time travel books, the methodology is murky at best. Not so here. I was nearly as invested in the world-building as I was in the story, I found it fascinating and complex without being hard to understand. •The story itself is fabulous, I was so enthralled! I wanted, nay, needed to know what the outcome would be. It's high stakes and high adventure, traveling through time with entire existences hanging in the balance. I actually don't think stakes get higher than that! Bottom Line: Gosh, do I need to continue? This book is just phenomenal.  Actually, that is the first thing I said when I finished it! And it still stands. You need this book in your life.
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  • Melinda Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Harlequin-Mira (U.S. and Canada) and Netgalley for allowing me to read an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Kin is from the future. He's a corruption officer, sent to fix timeline inconsistencies and keep everything on the straight and narrow. No changes to major historical events mind you, but just enough to keep thinks ticking as they should. When his method of returning to 2142 breaks in a botched assassination, Kin has no options left but to get on with l Thank you to Harlequin-Mira (U.S. and Canada) and Netgalley for allowing me to read an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Kin is from the future. He's a corruption officer, sent to fix timeline inconsistencies and keep everything on the straight and narrow. No changes to major historical events mind you, but just enough to keep thinks ticking as they should. When his method of returning to 2142 breaks in a botched assassination, Kin has no options left but to get on with life in the past.When another officer from the bureau comes back for him and helps send him back into the future, it's evident how much time has passed - 18 years in the past, but only mere weeks in the future. Kin is forced to leave his family behind with no goodbyes, and sent back to the future to live his proper life.A story of love, Here and Now and Then transcends time itself to show the lengths that we will go through for love. The time travel stuff isn't too out there so it's a good starter book into the genre for those who might be wigged out by the premise. Give it a go, it's a powerful story.
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  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsHere and Now and Then is a time travel story about a father willing to do anything for his daughter.I’m usually not a fan of time travel stories since the rules usually get muddied to make the plot work. Here and Now and Then is a great use of time travel with clear and precise rules that are easy to follow and are restrictive enough to not hinder the plot. Chen’s explanation of the science behind time travel and its creation is clever and believable.Unfortunately, the pacing is slow an 3.5 starsHere and Now and Then is a time travel story about a father willing to do anything for his daughter.I’m usually not a fan of time travel stories since the rules usually get muddied to make the plot work. Here and Now and Then is a great use of time travel with clear and precise rules that are easy to follow and are restrictive enough to not hinder the plot. Chen’s explanation of the science behind time travel and its creation is clever and believable.Unfortunately, the pacing is slow and inconsistent making Here and Now and Then boring to read for most of the novel. About half way through the novel, the wind leaves the sails of the plot as Chen builds his world at the expense of the pace. Through a lot of the chapters, I found myself skimming through the dialogue to understand the gist of what was happening in hopes of getting to a more exciting moment.The best aspect of this novel is the father-daughter relationship. Chen takes his time fleshing out their connection as father and daughter through unconventional means that may not have had the desired effect in another novel. Sadly, this connection isn’t fleshed out until later in the novel so when the main character is forced to return to the future and abandon his family the emotional impact carries little weight.Overall, Here and Then and Now is an interesting concept that isn’t executed to its fullest potential since the story is bogged down by inconsistent pacing making it a chore to read most of the time.***I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsbrb crying
  • Jo Ladzinski
    January 1, 1970
    Read an ARC provided by the authorIf you like time travel and strong family ties, make sure this book is on your radar for January 2019. In Here and Now and Then Kin Stewart is a time traveler who's forgotten the future. Living in the 2000s with a wife and teenage daughter, his past catches up to him and he wants to find a way to stay connected to that life while also building a future in 2142.I really loved Kin as a narrator. Such a Dad, but also in very morally grey straits. And there are so m Read an ARC provided by the authorIf you like time travel and strong family ties, make sure this book is on your radar for January 2019. In Here and Now and Then Kin Stewart is a time traveler who's forgotten the future. Living in the 2000s with a wife and teenage daughter, his past catches up to him and he wants to find a way to stay connected to that life while also building a future in 2142.I really loved Kin as a narrator. Such a Dad, but also in very morally grey straits. And there are so many other surprises with the other characters. Maybe because I'm tropey like that, I didn't expect to love Penny as much as I had. She had so many layers and was so empathetic, but had a vision of her own future that could exist with or without Kin. Her brother Markus, while not my favorite, had perfectly valid points and reasoning for acting the way he did. All the characters felt so human in such circumstances—it really comes down to which way would you as a reader process these events (I'm on team "Screw the rules, I have a family").Miranda is also a kid I would break the rules of time travel for. I loved the vastly different scenarios created by each corruption whenever Kin contacted her. It was cleverly done. Never thought emails or fried chicken would make me cry the way they did.Really touching with very human characters and enough sci fi nods to let you know that Chen just gets it.
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  • Renee (itsbooktalk.com)
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately this is a DNF for me at 25%. I really thought I'd love this book, I love time travel and the idea of a security agent (think FBI) getting stuck in the 1990s when he comes from 2142. Kin had a family in the 1990s and suddenly finds that he has to leave and go back to 2142. What caused me to want to put this down was the amount of technical scientific detail and the lack of building a connection to the people and setting in 1990s. I found myself feeling bogged down in the scientific Unfortunately this is a DNF for me at 25%. I really thought I'd love this book, I love time travel and the idea of a security agent (think FBI) getting stuck in the 1990s when he comes from 2142. Kin had a family in the 1990s and suddenly finds that he has to leave and go back to 2142. What caused me to want to put this down was the amount of technical scientific detail and the lack of building a connection to the people and setting in 1990s. I found myself feeling bogged down in the scientific details, my mind started to wander, and I started to skim so I'm calling it a day on this one
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  • Angie Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge time-travel fan, so I was really excited to read this, and suffice it to say that Mike Chen's novel met my expectations and then exceeded them by a thousand!!!! It's like TNG's The Inner Light and The Yesterday's Enterprise combined, which is just about the highest compliment I can pay. (And if you don't know what that means, I don't even know what to say to you, except that I feel really really sad for you and you should go watch TNG. Right. Now.). It's time travel and all the logic I am a huge time-travel fan, so I was really excited to read this, and suffice it to say that Mike Chen's novel met my expectations and then exceeded them by a thousand!!!! It's like TNG's The Inner Light and The Yesterday's Enterprise combined, which is just about the highest compliment I can pay. (And if you don't know what that means, I don't even know what to say to you, except that I feel really really sad for you and you should go watch TNG. Right. Now.). It's time travel and all the logic twists that entails, plus a great hero's journey arc, plus some extremely likable (albeit impulsive and not always reasonable) characters, plus an emotionally satisfying ending. SO clever in all its plot twists. Just thinking about the ending gives me the chills. I've always loved the Time Traveler's Wife, mostly because of that last scene. The ending of this novel has that same resonance, the same poignancy. It's SOOOOO good. I loved it so much. Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face.
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  • Aristotle
    January 1, 1970
    "There is a huge difference between running a kitchen and traveling through time" -PennyYou think?! The understatement of the millennium!Ripples in the space time continuum.Science fiction meets a harlequin romance novelAfter spending 18 years in the past Kin, a time police agent bounty hunter person, is reunited with his life in 2142 where he’s only been gone a couple weeks.Will Kin be able to leave the memories of his wife and daughter in the past?Not a bad book. An easy two day read. No time "There is a huge difference between running a kitchen and traveling through time" -PennyYou think?! The understatement of the millennium!Ripples in the space time continuum.Science fiction meets a harlequin romance novelAfter spending 18 years in the past Kin, a time police agent bounty hunter person, is reunited with his life in 2142 where he’s only been gone a couple weeks.Will Kin be able to leave the memories of his wife and daughter in the past?Not a bad book. An easy two day read. No time travel needed. Not what i was expecting. If you're a hardcore scifi reader forget this book.This is a Lifetime movie disguised as a Syfy movie.Thanks to Netgalley for an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review."The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" -SpockIactura paucorum serva multos (Sacrifice the few to save the many)- Some philosopher who spoke Latin.
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  • Cari
    January 1, 1970
    Kin Stewart is a time-traveling secret agent. Or at least he was until he ended up stranded in the 90s. With no way to get back to his home base in the 22nd century, he sets himself up with a new life in the past. He marries Heather, and they have a daughter, Miranda. But the TCB (Temporal Corruption Bureau) finds him - it's been two weeks in their time, but eighteen years for Kin. He doesn't want to go back, but he has no choice. When he returns, so do his memories, and his love of his fiancee, Kin Stewart is a time-traveling secret agent. Or at least he was until he ended up stranded in the 90s. With no way to get back to his home base in the 22nd century, he sets himself up with a new life in the past. He marries Heather, and they have a daughter, Miranda. But the TCB (Temporal Corruption Bureau) finds him - it's been two weeks in their time, but eighteen years for Kin. He doesn't want to go back, but he has no choice. When he returns, so do his memories, and his love of his fiancee, Penny. Now Kin has two lives to worry about, and when his daughter becomes a threat to time-space continuity, he has to find a way to save her.I loved this novel. I loved it right from the beginning. Even when I had a few doubts about Kin and his motivations, I stuck with him, and I wasn't disappointed. This book reminds me a lot of Star Trek and Doctor Who, especially TNG (The Inner Light comes to mind) - the kind of story that has a lot of heart and great character development, but also has the cool time travel stuff too.Thanks to NetGalley and the author for the preview copy.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    A fun timey-wimey sci-fi adventure. Bit of family drama, but of parenting drama, lots of sci fi pop culture references. Not without faults but all in all a good read.
  • Felicia Grossman
    January 1, 1970
    This sounds incredible and unique and I'm so, so, so, so excited to read it!
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