Rewinder (Rewinder Series Book 1) by Brett Battles

Rewinder (Rewinder Series Book 1)

You will never read Denny Younger’s name in any history book, will never know what he's done. But even if you did, you’d never believe it.The world as you know it wouldn't be the same without him. Denny was born into one of the lowest rungs of society, but his bleak fortunes abruptly change when the mysterious Upjohn Institute recruits him to be a Rewinder, a verifier of personal histories. The job at first sounds like it involves researching...

Details Rewinder (Rewinder Series Book 1)

TitleRewinder (Rewinder Series Book 1)
Release DateJul 21st, 2015
GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews Rewinder (Rewinder Series Book 1)

  • Kelly
    SPOILER ALERTApparently some one felt the need to point out that this review gives away too many key plot points. If that is the case, I apologize. But really, next time a person feels this way, contacting me personally instead of leaving a sarcastic and rather rude comment is probably a better way to go.I don't normally read much time travel stuff. No particular reason, I just never really have. But holy wow, REWINDER has changed that. I loved t...
  • ✨Susan✨
    In a dystopian world, children just out of puberty, are chosen from all ten levels to be tested on their ability to learn and retain historical facts. Usually it is just the top five levels that make the cut, but on a fluke a young man from level eight tests higher than any they have seen before. The ones that pass are paired with a teacher at the "institute" to learn how to travel back in time and confirm historical facts. This was a pretty good...
  • Alexandra
    2/8/18 Kindle Daily Deal $1.99. Book 2 is also $1.99 today.Really, really enjoyed this. The twist on the messing up history and having to fix it trope was brilliant.
  • Michael Hicks
    Denny Younger isn’t from around here… A Level Eight resident of New Cardiff in the American territories of the British Empire in 2015, Younger is among the most recent of recruits to the Upjohn Institute. His job as a rewinder is to verify the familial lineages of their clients through observation. As a rewinder, Younger is, simply put, a time traveler. During one rewind mission, he makes a simple mistake that forever alters the course of the...
  • Glen
    In a dystopian future, a boy is chosen for the time travel corps.He learns to time travel, and along the way, learns that the regime is using time travel for its own ends. This causes him to rebel and try to fight back.Doesn't induce too bad a headache.
  • Xeddicus
    So it goes:1. Time travel is dangerous...2. ...Especially when carried out by High School kids you shanghai...??3. ...Because no one really cares...???4. ...Until the plot kinda demands it????5. AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!Clearly the author had steps 1 and 5 in mind first, and then just filled in 2-4 with whatever predictable contrived story came to mind. Individual parts make sense, but when put together it's a mess.They invent time travel and use it to...
  • Alaina
    I feel like my opinion kept changing throughout this book. I kept flip-flopping from liking to disliking it. Maybe it was the main character or the story but I have no idea. In my opinion, Rewinder did have some flaws but I don't really want to dive into those because I did like the book. I thought it was pretty cool that Denny was a time traveler and that he wasn't supposed to interfere or change history. It kind of reminds me of the new show, T...
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  • Rose
    When I was younger, I used to watch a show called The Ray Bradbury Theatre. Every week it would be a different story. One of my favorites was an episode where the characters got to go back in time. Rule number one was to not mess with your surroundings as you had no idea of the ripple in time you could cause. Of course, someone stepped on a butterfly and their world was irreparably changed. So began my love of time travel stories.I mentioned this...
  • Michael Flanagan
    Finally a time travel book that does not bore me to tears. Rewinder delivers a well-paced and intelligent narrative that explores the old question of what if? The author sets the scene with a well thought out and developed alternative reality where the British Empire lives on. Within this narrative we are introduced to our main character that lives in the lower castes of society. He is introduced to a secret world in which his job is to travel th...
  • Sheila
    So many time travel books, so little time. Something like that.I enjoyed this one. At first, it reminded me of one of my all-time favorites – Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card. The school where historians observe the past through time travel is similar. In this story, Great Britain rules the present day world and maintains a rigid caste system. We don’t have to wait too long for the time traveling and the s...
  • BookLoversLife
    This book was awesome!! I've never heard of any of the authors work but I have to say that is this is any indication, then I will have to check out more from him. The world building was amazing! Denny lives in a world where class is measured by numbers, 1 being the best. Denny is an 8 which means he is among the lowest class. Everyone has to take a test when they come of age and that test will give them their jobs for life. Denny expects to do so...
  • Melek
    THE TRUTH.When I realized I was about to finish the book, hardly a few pages were left. I'm still having a hard time believing I actually finished it.MY TIMELINE.NOT YOURS.I started reading this book a few days ago. I've read the first chapter, found it dull and just left it there to start another time. Today, I picked it up again only to get something done and started reading, expecting only to be bored even more and giving it a bad rating.Only ...
  • Ann J.
    This book sort of kept me around long enough to see Denny through his mistake. Denny is a Rewinder, which means he uses a time travel device to go and observe certain situations proving or disproving a family history. Supposedly, by screwing up for 12 whole seconds on a recent time travel trip, he completely destroyed the world as he knew it and a world he came from because he interacted with the past instead of just observing like he was trained...
  • Kushnuma
    I received a free ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Rewinder is book 1 in the series.This book follows Denny Younger who is from one of the lowest castes. He is recruited by the Upjohn Institute for something that the recruiters won't tell him, unless he accepts the offer; which he does. And so he finds out about the Rewinders and is on his way to becoming one himself! A change in history, if only 12 seconds, makes a huge...
  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    Listened to audio; last three quarters of book was a little convoluted
  • Jessica Surgett
    *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*At the risk of sounding overenthusiastic- THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.I have heard a lot of great things about Brett's other books in the past, yet for some crazy reason this is the first one I have read. And now I have a lot of catching up to do. You know those authors you find and you love their writing style so much you will just blindly buy anything they put out? Yeah. That.Denny Young...
  • AudioBookReviewer
    ABR's full Rewinder audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.Time travel, alternate history and a nest of paradoxes.The rewinders are a group of scholars who go back in time to verify the lineage of the 21st Century British aristocracy who pay for the service. In this reality, the American Revolution never occurred and all is British and bleak. The rewinders must only observe the past and never risk changing anything. O...
  • Nick Brett
    I have enjoyed the author’s thrillers featuring “The Cleaner” and have been surprised that they are not more popular or available as they are very well done indeed. And now Mr Battles tries his hand at a time travel story/series. Now time travel stories can be a lot of fun if done right, and this has been done right and it is a lot of fun.We start with an interesting premise, the ‘today’ we are presented with has a caste based British E...
  • May Fungi From Yuggoth
    REVIEW: REWINDER by Brett BattlesEver wished to go back and change the past? Utter witty repartee, make a decision different, try the path less traveled? In prolific author Brett Battles' near future, alternate- history caste society, a group of "personal historians" can. Of course, they're only supposed to "verify" events (specifically family histories), but they-and their technology--can alter history
  • Soo
    4 Stars for Narration by Vikas Adam, 3.5 Stars for StoryMini-Review: Vikas Adam did a great job narrating the story. He hit the right balance of hesitant and nerdy for the main character, Denny Younger. This is a story about time travel and alternative histories. What if the States lost the war against the Brits? What could be the potential fallout? How would it influence science, society and countries?The story is interesting and it's cool to ha...
  • Pedro (paidge)
    2 Stars, not for lack of trying. 1. the book is basically a movie waiting to happen, or a series. I mean the skeleton is there, all it needs is a good producer to get on it.2. The characters were basically flighty at best. Denny is pretty shallow in character development. But so are the others. I am not mad about it, but it is something to watch out for.3. The love scenes are annoying. How does he fall in love with this girl out of nowhere? It se...
  • Wenzel Roessler
    I am always scared when reading time travel stories (not scared for my life!) because I know there is going to be some loop hole that is hard to explain away. Because if you can travel back in time and something happens to change the future, can you go back and stop that from happening? That is the inherent trouble with time travel for me, I feel there is always an out. This story has that same issue for me as well, despite Battles working hard t...
  • Phoenix
    I expected this to be awful, just awful, and that I'd have to dnf it. That expectation probably largely came from how dramatic the description is and the awful, goofy way the narrator reads "REWIND!" in the sample. I also probably judged the cover a little bit. *judge judge judge* I gave it a shot because it does sound interesting despite the dramatics and the reviews weren't terrible. Plus: Kindle Unlimited. I could Whyspersynch it. Yassssss.I...
  • Chris
    I think this one's a five! Every now and then I come across a book I just can't put down. This is one of them. What would've happened if American had always stayed a British colony? There are really two parts to the book, and both were intense - the steps building up to the climactic changing point and what happened because of it. I had to think clearly in order to follow all the time traveling that was going on, but I was able to do it. I was af...
  • Sebastian
    I have always been a sucker for time travel stories but not because I’m fascinated by going back and forward in time and see the world of the past or get a glimpse at our possible futures, but because I like how thinking about time traveling messes with my brain. I’m not very good at physics and time travel stories with a very scientific approach often give me a headache but I really like the challenges those kind of stories provide and I can...
  • Denise
    Fascinating and horrifying at the same time. Could not put this book down. Great, original story line that I have not seen (as in read) before. Somehow the author got me to identify with the main character and the soul searching decisions he had to make. Extremely well done. Can't wait to get the second installment.
  • Joseph John
    3.5 stars. Interesting concept. But there were a few plot holes that bothered me.
  • Tony Pucci
    This book really captured my imagination, I really enjoyed it! It would make a great movie. I bought it in a whim because “time travel”, and it shortly became something I enthused about every night to my wife...I’ll bet she reads it next! I’m off to the sequel...
  • Megan Murphy
    So unique This is a great book I couldn't put it down !!! The story and the way its written pulls you in from the start!!!