All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays

One of Wall Street Journal's Best of 2017 "Entertainingly mixes thrills and humor."--Entertainment Weekly "[An] amazing debut novel. . . . Dazzling and complex. . . . Fearlessly funny storytelling."--The Washington Post "Instantly engaging. . . . A timeless, if mind-bending, story about the journeys we take, populated by friends, family, lovers, and others, that show us who we might be, could be--and maybe never should be--that eventually lea...

Details All Our Wrong Todays

TitleAll Our Wrong Todays
Release DateFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherDutton Books
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy

Reviews All Our Wrong Todays

  • Larry H
    I'd rate this 4.5 stars.If Back to the Future and Dark Matter had a baby, the end result would be Elan Mastai's slightly crazy, tremendously compelling All Our Wrong Todays . While it's not as zany as the former, or as heart-pounding as the latter, it's a really creative, thought-provoking book with a lot more heart than you'd expect from a novel about time travel.Tom Barren lives in 2016, but it's not quite the 2016 we all know—it's more ...
  • Philip
    1.5ish stars. Another time travel narrative used mostly as a vehicle to explore relationships or morality or whatever. If Dark Matter is the ultra-cool action thriller variety, this is the quirky rom-com/action thriller amalgamation. It's got all the Ingredients: the everyman "I'm no hero" male lead; the twee, nerdy, but unconventionally beautiful and intelligent female lead who gets the male lead in a way that no one else can; the meet-cute natu...
  • Ash
    There are some clever ideas here, but the way this book is written is so obnoxious that a three star rating feels exceptionally generous.All Our Wrong Todays is the story of Tom Barren, who travels back in time to the exact moment the future was born and fucks up the timeline so irretrievably that he winds up in our reality. Do you get it? Our very own lives are actually the dystopia? Anyway, the world is much worse but he winds up in a duplicate...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    A soft 4 stars for this time travel/alternate timelines novel. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:Tom Barren lives in a near-utopian version of our world in 2016, the world that Disney and science fiction optimistically imagined in the 1950s that we would one day have, complete with flying cars, ray guns, space vacations, and other Amazing Stories and Jetson-like technology. There’s a single compelling reason for this: in 1965, a ...
  • Sam
    Every person you meet introduces the accident of that person to you. What can go right and what can go wrong. There is no intimacy without consequence. To get it out of the way, there's a lot of set up in All Our Wrong Todays, and it took me a bit to find a feel for this book and fall into it. But once Mastai gets past the set up and things are happening, the smart, funny prose and more realized characters propelled me forward, and even if the s...
  • Kogiopsis
    I’ve struggled for a while to review this book because, on the one hand, I detested it and I don’t want to spend extra time thinking about it - but on the other hand, it has a baffling number of high-star reviews, and honestly that annoys me. There’s nothing good going on here; the plot quickly strays from its promised time-travel based moral quandary into shallow romance, a slapdash secondary conflict, and a saccharine ending. And the writ...
  • Bradley
    I'm always on the prowl for a good time-travel and alternate-reality kick, so when this one slid by me, blaring on its speakers that it was a very self-aware member of its species, I just had to turn my head an look.I'm so glad I did. :) Hell, I even considered just reading the first couple of pages and then putting it off until closer to its actual publication date. It's months away! And yet, I went ahead and read it because I got sucked in.It's...
  • Taryn
    3.5 Stars. I read this at a very appropriate time because I’ve recently been getting the strange sensation that I’m living in the wrong timeline! ;) I'm going to avoid specific details about the story's path, but here's a review summary for those who don't want to know as little as possible: The tone is lighthearted and self-aware, making it an entertaining read. The main character and his love life didn't excite me, but I loved the technolog...
  • Dannii Elle
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Elan Mastai, and the publisher, Penguin, for this opportunity.A book set in an alternative present sounded like such an intriguing concept for a book. And while I certainly did find this interesting, the rather dry narrative voice started to dull my affinity, as the story progressed.This book is set out as a fictional memoir, and it does an excellent job of ...
  • Andrew Smith
    What would it be like to live in a world where all of your needs are taken care of, where cars fly, teleportation exists and menial tasks such as showering, dressing and preparing meals are just completed for you, almost by magic. Well this is the world Tom Barren lives in. It’s 2016 but back in 1965 something called the Goettreider Engine was invented – and it was a game changer. It worked by harnessing the energy created by the movement of ...
  • Laura
    It all happened, more or less exactly as envisioned. I’m not talking about the future. I’m talking about the present. Today, in the year 2016, humanity lives in a techno-utopian paradise of abundance, purpose, and wonder.Except we don’t. Of course we don’t. We life in a world where, sure, there are iPhones and 3D printers and, I don’t know, drone strikes or whatever. But it hardly looks like The Jetsons. Except it should. And it did. Un...
  • Justin
    All Our Wrong Todays is another example of a book with great ideas and flashes of hope that ultimately left me feeling annoyed and underwhelmed. Fans of Dark Matter, The Martian, Ready Player One, etc. should find something to love here. I feel like that's important to share because any people love all of those books, but even then I'm hesitant to recommend this one. For whatever reason, I can't connect with these types of books. Ah well. The cha...
  • Jilly
    If you are one of the bazillion people here who loved the book Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch, you will love this one too. It is similar in some ways. If you loved the Jetsons or Futurama, you should also love this one. All of the cool future-gadgets are in the story. I admit that I am one of those. I just want one robot-maid, flying car, and insta-meal machine before I die. Is that asking too much, science? Nobody's getting any younger over here, ...
  • Jessica
    I should preface any review I write by saying that I am not much of a sci-fi reader. I’ve been slowly getting more into some sci-fi, but it’s not the hard stuff. It’s the kind that gets shelved in literary fiction and is maybe a bit polarizing to readers who like “real” sci-fi. I don’t even remember how this one landed on my to-read list, to be honest, but I was quite eager to read it as a way of broadening my horizons. And really, I ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Beautifully done. Think Sliding Doors with added geekery and a wonderfully written deftly developed plot using a clear and funny character voice.Poor Tom. He’s a bit useless really. So you probably don’t want him messing around with timelines and technology but he has an impressively intelligent and famous Father and is constantly wandering about in his shadow and disappointing him. Then Tom falls in love. What happens next is funny, engaging...
  • Jennifer
    ★★★ "...when you invent a new technology, you also invent the accident of that technology. When you invent the car, you also invent the car accident. When you invent the plane, you also invent the plane crash. When you invent nuclear fission, you also invent the nuclear meltdown." And when you invent a time machine... yeah. Written in memoir style, All Our Wrong Todays showcases Tom Barren, the significantly less talented son of a scient...
  • Jamie
    Sigh....Well, the beginning was freaking amazing...then it slowed down to where I almost DNF'd it. It picked back up at the 30% mark...then it got slow again. Around the 70% mark I almost DNF'd it again. This was the trend in this one for me. The synopsis sounded rad, unfortunately, it felt I had already read this storyline somewhere else. Not much happened throughout the general story line and the world building was nonexistent... in all timelin...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This is an absolutely, amazing and beautiful novel! It was imaginative, fun, witty, with interesting characters and awesome dialogue. Basically, everything I love in a book. The story starts with the main character Tom, he is the son of the genius creator of a time machine. He lives in the present time but in a completely different alternative reality, the world he lives in is a quasi-utopian environment where war, diseases and poverty have been ...
  • Bam
    I've always had a deep love for the time-travel scifi genre, my guilty pleasure, and this book provides two experiences through machines created by different crazy-genius scientists! In All Our Wrong Todays, Tom Barren is writing his memoir, to explain how he destroyed and/or saved alternate realities. In his original life, an ultra-modern utopian world of hover cars etc., Tom is the ne'er-do-well son of a genius professor who is planning a time-...
  • Lata
    When I first finished this, I thought, that was a fun 4-star read! But after allowing some time to pass, I'm dropping this down to 3 stars if I'm being incredibly generous, but being honest, I think this is actually a 2.5 stars. I think this was an interesting take on time travel, with a main character who didn't particularly hold my interest. In fact, much of the plot has already vanished from my brain. I remember being irritated by the main cha...
  • Will M.
    It's awful how I compare novels of the similar genre-plots. This is a bit similar to Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (a novel I rated 5 stars) and sadly it influenced how much I enjoyed this one. I know it's shallow and wrong to compare but the both novels tackle on time traveling and/or multiverses. If I read this novel first, I honestly might have rated this 5 stars.While I only rated this 4.5, I can assure you that it was one hell of an awesome ri...
  • Justine
    A compelling time travel story in the same class as Dark Matter, but one I enjoyed more.This book has a bit more character development than Dark Matter, and is a little more thoughtful rather than action packed. I liked the intelligent and slightly humorous conversational style of the writing, which made the events seem more personal.Recommended particularly to enthusiasts of time travel stories.
  • Faith
    I have to confess that time travel books are not my favorites and the whole concept is just nonsensical to me. Nevertheless the premise of this one sounded interesting. I expected to like this book more than I did, however there were just too many things about it that annoyed me. On the other hand, I didn't stop reading it, so it did have some redeeming virtues. I liked the science parts but none of the philosophy or romance.The author seems to h...
  • Carrie
    Tom Barren lives in an alternate version of the year 2016 from the one that we know. In his world technology reigns with things such as flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases. When a time travel mishap lands Tom in our version of reality though it seems more like a dystopian wasteland to Tom without the numerous inventions he knew his whole life. Living in this version of 2016 Tom soon finds different versions of his own family and also th...
  • Lindsay
    The memoir of a time traveler from an alternate present who's actions in the past have resulted in the world we live in.Tom Barren's world is the 50's version of a science fictional utopia that has more in common with the Jetsons than our world. Despite the wonders of his world Tom is a mess, but thanks to nepotism, has an opportunity to be part of his father's time travel experiment, the first of its kind. Due to a disaster in which Tom is compl...
  • Elizabeth Rice
    Pardon the temporal drag, but I believe that's future me declaring this my favorite book of 2017.I am so grateful for the few months I have to digest this novel so I can present it to customers without dissolving into squeals and feels (Because if you review the audio of me reading the last 50 pages of this book, I very loudly experience the full range of human emotion)! Let me just say this: If All Our Wrong Todays is about the great coincidence...
  • Veronique
    "We imagine all these postapocalyptic, class-stratified, new-world-order techno-futures. But actually the real world, the world we live in, this is the dystopia."Marai creates (and reads) a very compelling story but one I find difficul to define. The narration follows Tom who is not your typical hero. Actually, anti-hero would be more fitting. Here is a man who pretty much excels at destroying everything he touches, but thankfully, his voice is s...