10. All Our Wrong Todays – Elan Mastai
Set in an alternative 2016, in which a sustainable energy source
was discovered in the 1960s, the world has become a technological utopia – a
world that our protagonist Tom feels he does not fit into. After being given
the job of a lifetime thanks to a disgruntled father and a healthy dose of
nepotism, Tom is invited onto a life changing project: the chance to be one of
the first four human beings to travel through time.
When an accident leads to the trip being abandoned, Tom decides to take matters into his own hands, electing to travel back alone to witness the birth of his own personal 21st century, though - as he soon discovers – one mistake could cost him his literal future.
While not the most technically astounding prose, All Our Wrong Todays offers a unique insight into what our world might have been, while all the time asking the reader whether love is truly worth the rest of the world paying the price. And also watch out for one of the most excruciatingly realistic portrayals of time travel you will possibly ever witness. Spoiler alert: it is harrowing.