Man in the Empty Suit (Hardback)
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DescriptionSay you're a time traveler and you've already toured the entirety of human history. After a while, the outside world might lose a little of its luster. That's why this time traveler celebrates his birthday partying with himself. Every year, he travels to an abandoned hotel in New York City in 2071, the hundredth anniversary of his birth, and drinks twelve-year-old Scotch (lots of it) with all the other versions of who he has been and who he will be. Sure, the party is the same year after year, but at least it's one party where he can really, well, be himself.The year he turns 39, though, the party takes a stressful turn for the worse. Before he even makes it into the grand ballroom for a drink he encounters the body of his forty-year-old self, dead of a gunshot wound to the head. As the older versions of himself at the party point out, the onus is on him to figure out what went wrong--he has one year to stop himself from being murdered, or they're all goners. As he follows clues that he may or may not have willingly left for himself, he discovers rampant paranoia and suspicion among his younger selves, and a frightening conspiracy among the Elders. Most complicated of all is a haunting woman possibly named Lily who turns up at the party this year, the first person besides himself he's ever seen at the party. For the first time, he has something to lose. Here's hoping he can save some version of his own life
- Published: 02 May 2013
- Format: Hardback 310 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781616951252 ISBN 10: 1616951257
- Sales rank: 643,598
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Reviews for Man in the Empty Suit
Confusing and Empty
We all know time travel books can be confusing and this one was definitely in that realm for me. It wasn't so much the time travel itself as the multiple characters, who were mostly the same character. All different versions of the main character through the years, meeting at the same location year after year for his birthday. Somehow some, but not all, of the different versions become "untethered" from one another and what happens to one no longer happens to the other. It's this "some, but not all" thing that becomes confusing.
Then some, but not all, of the versions of him follow the "rules" some don't. And I don't think that necessarily coincided with being untethered. Take away all the confusion with that aspect of it and there is a murder mystery under it all. The murder mystery was more interesting than the time travel to me, since the only aspect time travel really played was in having the multiple versions of the character around at once. (Which breaks the rule of most time travel stories I've read - never let your other self interact with your now self.)
I made it through this one hoping that the murder mystery would pull everything together and amaze me, unfortunately it did not and I can't say that I would give it a retry to understand it all.
ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review. by Jessica