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The Alternate Universe: Part 1 of Khronos Chronicles by [Wolf, Rob]
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Claude thinks his biggest problem is trying to impress his new boyfriend when a much bigger problem comes along: his father vanishes. Not only that, several clues suggest that his dad may have invented a time machine.

In search of answers—and his father—Claude and his best friend Carolien must outmaneuver ruthless robots, stay a step ahead of the world’s most powerful corporation, and confront one of the darkest episodes in human history. But the two friends are quickly running out of time.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! 11 April 2016
By Misha Thomas - Published on
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The discovery of a secretly completed time machine sets in motion a challenge between a greedy corporate take over versus the only good that can save the world: human curiosity and virtuous friendship.

Rob Wolf’s The Alternate Universe tells this wonderful young adult sci fi adventure through the dynamic characters of Claude and his best friend Carolien, whose wit and relationships collide with this mind-blowing question. What is the relationship between an American slave family of the past to its surviving social and cultural progeny – stuck in a present alternate universe?

As I swung high into the climax of this enthralling and fast-paced sci fi novel, I found myself literally talking back to the page and yelling at the characters what to do, as if watching an action movie-thriller in the privacy of my own home. Only, I was on a packed transcontinental flight upon which several interrupted passengers inquired about this highly recommended book.

The brilliant philosophical roots of the narrative are not limited to science and the metaphysical, as one might expect from sci fi, but rather unfolds with the tantalizing fun of math, puzzles, history, economics, social studies, word plays, slang, irony, and even some camp.

It is apropos that Wolf frames the plot within the Greek kronos, with its poetic and subliminal nod to Plato and Aristotle: is truth right here or somehow beyond?

The story is not actually about race and sexual orientation at all. And, yet, there is the almost stunning normalization of a composed world that does not blink too rapidly at the exquisitely tasteful scene of the first teenage kiss between two boys. And you will not find any cheap smut in this scene at all. Instead we find a universal lure to vulnerability and intimacy outlined by the male quest to connect through competition and a bit of tenderness. In a splendid scene set in the midst of a brewing storm, the amorous couple chase down a woman’s hat blown off her head by the winds. After finding the hat but losing the woman, the boys race via horses back to the shelter where a kiss, in this world, is just a kiss, glorious and universal. Between the horse race and the kiss, though, a dialogue ensues which proves that boys are not just sexual, but rather complex, mathematical, athletic, nerdy, and reflective beings.

As for ethnicity and race, gay white Claude is best friends with the fabulous female black Carolien, who gets to embody the refreshing fact that her blackness gets to alternate between meaning everything and nothing special at all.

The Alternate Universe is entertaining and empowering. I absolutely loved and enjoyed this book for the sheer pleasure of a good plot, brilliant characters, and stimulating complexity. It shows how to write good fiction, integrate learning, but most importantly, what the confident assertion of self-trust and good friendship can make possible.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully imaginative and exciting! 26 July 2014
By Lisa Smith - Published on
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Rob Wolf has created a future world and a story that kept me turning pages. I was drawn in from the beginning by this new world and the very modern young adults who race through it in this tale of intrigue and time travel. The characters are compelling, fun to follow throughout their journey of discovery. There were surprises all along the way. Terrific read for everyone, not just fans of YA, time travel and science fiction. Can't wait to read the sequel!
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it! 3 August 2014
By Leslie Wolf - Published on
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Generally, not a big fan of the science fiction/fantasy genre, but Alternative Universe kept me engaged, wanting to know how the plot and various relationships were going to unfold. Fun, suspenseful, with touches of political and social commentary. The inclusion of a gay teen protagonist also makes the story especially contemporary, relevant and refreshing. Part 2 of this series is already on my must-read list!
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend them both 9 July 2014
By Alina V - Published on
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Although I'm not a science fiction reader, I got caught up in the story right from the first few pages. The characters are very real and even though they live in a different universe I found that I related to them. I grabed the second part right after finishing this one. I recommend them both.
5.0 out of 5 stars Although I love science, this is story driven using science as ... 24 March 2015
By Ronald Nicolaysen - Published on
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Although I love science, this is story driven using science as a tool, but which also expands one's imagination of the unknown. Wonderful read especially before going to sleep as you doze off into other worlds.