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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
“If we were able to time travel in the mind, would you really be able to distinguish it from reality, or just a dream?” In Time Within by Greg Brian, 30-year-old Rosaline Brennan is a renowned physicist who has hyperthymesia, a rare ability that allows her to remember every event of her life with great precision. She's been having increasingly vivid dreams which lead her to focus on the answer to the classic science question: is time travel possible? For a woman who has lost so many people who were dear to her, the opportunity can offer herself and other people much-needed solace. As she shares her experience with her fans and cynics, little does she know that her ability and reputation are considered dangerous, agitating some powerful figures.
Time travel is one of my favorite themes but I didn't expect it to be contemplated so profoundly and differently in Greg Brian's Time Within. The story premise is intriguing and allows the plot to develop in an unpredictable way. Protagonist Rosaline is a fascinating character; her hyperthymesia is part of her strength but also her vulnerability. Her vivid dreams are an enigma as they reveal answers but also lead to more questions. The narrative's subtle methodical style makes references to films about time travel, Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, and most importantly the Proustian effect. The truth is revealed as the story nears the end, which provides a satisfying conclusion to an interesting angle on the time travel theory, quantum reality, and the unexplored potential of the human mind. Simply put, this is a great read.