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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
“The devastation of my mom’s death split my universe into two time periods: before she died and after.” In The Reckoning (A Time Travel Thriller) by D.M. Taylor, physicist Taden Barrett and her team successfully find a way to time travel. Leaders of the Patriot Party waste no time and order them to use time travel for the military to eliminate a terrorist group that calls themselves The Reckoning, reclaim several states that have been taken over, and save the United States. Taden, however, has a personal mission of her own: to reconcile with the night her mom died two decades ago. An unexpected betrayal threatens to hasten the downfall of her country and deconstruct her family's past. Despite having time travel as a powerful instrument, the obstacles prove trickier than she anticipated, and she must correct everything before it's too late.
Time travel gives this thriller a solid premise constructed through an engaging plot. It’s fascinating how some events, which seem irrelevant at first, connect and become significant when time travel is involved. Taden, as brilliant as she is, struggles with her inner conflict due to her personal relationship and her fixation on mending her past involving her late mother. When disaster strikes, it is easy to empathize and root for her to fight back and regain her confidence. Her sister, Ruth, already proves to be a survivor of hardship. Following her journey to avoid the Reckoners and get to Taden is nerve-racking and impressive. With an engaging narrative, the characters' goals - self-imposed or otherwise - give momentum to the plot's pace. D.M. Taylor's The Reckoning is eerie in regards to the safety of a country and the powerful impact of time travel with a solid warning: some things can never be changed for a reason. A thought-provoking and entertaining read.