Book Review: One Day All This Will Be Yours by Adrian Tchaikovsky

One Day All This Will Be Yours by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Publisher: Solaris

Publication date: 02 March 2021

Genre: Science fiction

Page count: 144 pages

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.

You all are probably aware that Adrian Tchaikovsky is one of my absolute favourite science fiction authors. I’ve only encountered one of his sci-fi novellas, Walking to Aldebaran, and absolutely loved it. So when I found out that he was coming out with a new one, I had to get my hands on it. One Day All This Will Be Yours is a darkly funny book that tackles the ethics of time travel and how far you’ll go to stop humanity from breaking the world (again).

Welcome to the end of time. It’s a perfect day.

Nobody remembers how the Causality War started. Really, there’s no-one to remember, and nothing for them to remember if there were; that’s sort of the point. We were time warriors, and we broke time.

I was the one who ended it. Ended the fighting, tidied up the damage as much as I could.

Then I came here, to the end of it all, and gave myself a mission: to never let it happen again.

First of all, can I say how incredibly funny and clever this book is? Much like Walking to Aldebran, One Day All This Will Be Yours is filled with dark humour, sharp dialogue, and clever twists and turns that make it totally unputdownable. Tchaikovsky infuses our extremely grumpy main character with such a fantastic voice and you can’t help but root for him (despite how awful he often is). These novellas with Solaris have been fabulous so far, and I really want to go back and read the rest of them!

I absolutely loved the concept of this book. A grumpy misanthropic veteran of a war that broke time creating a paradise for himself while stopping other time travellers from fucking up time again? Yes please. Time travel books usually make my head ache, but this one worked the concept of time travel and how we’d inevitably misuse it so incredibly well. The story has so many layers that I still find myself thinking about long after finishing the book. Plus. there’s a dinosaur named Miffly in it. What’s not to like?

I don’t want to say too much about this book for fear of spoiling the experience, but trust me when I say that sci-fi fans don’t want to miss out on this one. Tchaikovsky is one of the best sci-fi writers out there right now, and One Day All This Will Be Yours is proof.

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Have you read One Day All This Will Be Yours? What did you think? Let me know!

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