Last Year
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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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:351 pages

    Last Year Reviews

  • Shaun Hutchinson
    Jan 18, 2017

    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
    Dec 10, 2016

    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.
    Jan 31, 2017

    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...

  • Sara Cutaia
    Dec 02, 2016

    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....

  • Jamie Collins
    Jan 01, 2017

    I love a good time travel story. Opportunists from the year 2032 have established a tourist destination in 1887 Ohio. History buffs from the future come to gawk at 19th century America, while the loca...

  • Mick
    Feb 17, 2017

    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...

  • Garrison Nelson
    Dec 07, 2016

    Solid main character I would recommend this book to any individual who enjoys a entertaining read in a theoretical world of remarkable construct. Jesse is a fantastic main character who displays stren...

  • Patti
    Jan 29, 2017

    I love me a good time travel novel. But there are so few that are done well. This one surely was.I didn't quite expect what I got, but I really enjoyed nearly every bit of it. I read about 80% of it i...

  • Standback
    Dec 06, 2016

    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...

  • Keith
    Dec 11, 2016

    I have tended to underrate SF author Wilson. I enjoy his books but often don’t see how good they are, perhaps a result of being deep in the story. Last Year is about time travel. Forget the whole "w...