Last Year

Last Year


From the author of the bestselling and Hugo Award-winning Spin, comes an SF tale that poses searching questions about tourism and colonization

Two events made September 1st a memorable day for Jesse Cullum. First, he lost a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Second, he saved the life of President Ulysses S. Grant.

It's the near future, and the technology exists to open doorways into the past--but not our past, not exactly. Each "past" is effectively an alternate world, identical to ours but only up to the date on which we access it. And a given "past" can only be reached once. After a passageway is open, it's the only road to that particular past; once closed, it can't be reopened.

A passageway has been opened to a version of late 19th-century Ohio. It's been in operation for most of a decade, but it's no secret, on either side of time. A small city has grown up around it to entertain visitors from our time, and many locals earn a good living catering to them. But like all such operations, it has a shelf life; as the "natives" become more sophisticated, their version of the "past" grows less attractive as a destination.

Jesse Cullum is a native. And he knows the passageway will be closing soon. He's fallen in love with a woman from our time, and he means to follow her back--no matter whose secrets he has to expose in order to do it.

Title:Last Year
Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:351 pages

    Last Year Reviews

  • Philip

    3.5ish stars.For a time travel book this is surprisingly not infuriating. And for a "sci-fi thriller" there's surprisingly more focus on characterization than action (mostly). Sure, there's the requis...

  • Bookwraiths

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.Time Travel. Alternate timelines. Dystopian themes. Action and adventure. Love story. All these themes and more integrated by Robert Charles Wilson into an intriguin...

  • Lata

    3-3.5 stars. A time travelling story with a main character whose primary quality seems to be placidity. The author avoids some of the usual pitfalls of time travel stories thankfully, and also present...

  • Shaun Hutchinson

    This was a book full of ideas. It was about a group of people from the future who found a way into the past and set up a way to make money there. It could have explored a lot of things. How did they l...

  • Liviu

    Starts great and despite being a bit so-so on its blurb, the narrative pull of the first few pages was so great that I kept turning them and reading; unfortunately about half on, the book turned into ...

  • C.W.

    An intriguing take on time travel, mainly focused on its characters, and the ethical and moral implications of influencing the past and future of a world that doesn't affect our own. Full video review...

  • Standback

    A good read, though it kind of doesn't make it to where it's trying to go.The future has opened up a window into the past. They're sending through tourists, they're opening up trade. They're selling t...

  • Sara Cutaia

    One of - no, THE - best time-traveling book I've ever read. The story takes place in 1876, but people from the 21st century have traveled back in time and are making a "resort" out of the time period....

  • Mick

    Well, this was a damned good time travel tale, with a kind of dystopian twist.I think what distinguishes this book from a lot of time travel tales is that it doesn't overly-explain how it works. In fa...

  • Danny Tyran

    Jesse, the MC, is a guy from the past (circa 1820) who works for Futurity: city including some sort of door between Jesse's time period and ours. Kemp, the Futurity's boss, stole the technology from s...