When Jane Kremowski first began her graduate studies in physics at Madison State University in Wisconsin, little did she know where her work would take her. Now, she is embroiled in a multitude of dimensions all leading to different outcomes. She and her colleagues therefore must act wisely in order to take and keep away the Order of Dimension from falling into the wrong hands for the sake of her loved ones.
Genre: science fiction
Publishing date: June 2014
Offensive content: none
Review: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review, and I'm sorry it took me so long to finally share my opinions about it. I actually finished the story a while ago, but putting my opinions into words took me longer than expected.
This is a different book, to say the least. And "different" is not necessarily bad. It's just not a book for everyone. The idea, and the scientific theories behind it, fascinate me, and that's why I agreed to read and review it in the first place.
Even without a strong scientific background, Einstein's theories on time travel always intrigued me. In layman's terms (which are the only ones I can use), Einstein said that time is not a continuous line, like we always try to represent it, of past present and future. Past, present and future all co-exist, in different dimensions. So time travel is not really traveling into your past or future, it's traveling into another dimension. Infinite dimensions (or worlds) exist, and each time you travel, you are a different "you". Without ever mentioning Einstein directly, this concept seems to be the base of the plot for the Order of the Dimensions.
What I liked: Like I said above, the best in this book are the scientific theories behind it. The story is always in motion, each chapter takes you to a different dimension. It's also a bit reminiscent of the butterfly effect. Sometimes one small change may totally alter the world you land in, which is a lesson for us all, even without the traveling between dimensions: for every decision we make on our daily lives, even if it seems minor or irrelevant, we are actually changing the world.
What I didn't like: It's not an easy to read book. Because the characters are always changing dimensions, it becomes difficult to keep up after a while. The plot, like time in Einstein's theory, is not a single line, but a criss-cross of different lines. While I'm sure that the author could not have written it in a different way without losing the "soul" of the book, readers should have been better prepared for what they were going to encounter. As it is, some readers may be bored after a couple of pages and quit it altogether. A bit of scientific background would have been useful too.
So, all in all it's a good book, but I think it is written for a limited audience: those that, like me, have dwelled into these subjects before and enjoy reading about them. It needs to be read with an open mind and some patience to get to the end.