The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffnegger
I am somewhat conflicted whether to give this a so-so rating or a more-than-average one. Did I like it? Yes. Did I love it? No. Did I love the characters? Um, not really. Is the premise brilliant? Yes. But did it live up to my expectations? No. A so-so star rating then.
Hmm… and so, what can I say about the book?
On the good side, Niffneger managed to discuss events numerous of times without sounding redundant. The complexity of the story was smooth and straightforward which made it very easy to follow. Regardless of the jumping back and forth in time—apparently, it was not a pain the ass. It created a rather appealing taste to the plot—not giving you substantial details about an occurrence in the past as well as the characters’ impending fate. It invokes the reader’s commitment to further engage himself in discerning what lies ahead, though the past has been done and the future has been all wrapped up. In short, one simply has to wait until certain events come into full blow.
The genetic testing thrown into the time traveling scheme was ingenious too. It brought realism into the story and dismissed the considerably science fiction notion of a seemingly mysterious hole-in-the-universe conjecture of time traveling.
On the bad side, the skipping back and forth of the protagonists’ POVs was baffling. Their voices do not contrast one another. I actually have to go back a few pages just to check whose POV I’m reading. Great deals of characters were quite flat. They were pretty much like cardboard cuts-outs of stereotypes embedded to make the story going. Most importantly, Claire’s character was rather flat. The book was called “The Time Traveler’s Wife” for a reason, though she’s mostly a non-character. Just sayin’.
And hey, the lovemaking scenes were excessive, to the point that I even considered that their relationship was based solely on that. Too graphic for my taste, too. It’s fine to interject the love scenes in the plot, but indicating every move? I’m out.
To wrap this up, the story’s premise was captivating, though I didn’t enjoy it that much. There were flaws here and there, but still a satisfying read. I guess it just isn’t my cup of tea.