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The Bad Part of Time

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A thought provoking time travel caper exploring the themes of life, age and politics...

Just what would you do if given the opportunity to meet your younger self? A younger self who is determined to change the culture of an ageist world through angry activism. That's exactly what this intriguing and wonderfully original book explores as we meet 'Variel' who has lived life knowing eventually she is going to face her younger self and that day has arrived.


"...there was no stopping the inevitable, so she swallowed her dread, observed her morning routine, and accepted today was going to be a very bad day..."


Based in a future where time travel is possible and is a type of tourist or even business activity, 'Variel' faces her younger self 'V' and their journey begins. The dialogue between them is well executed much like where this story takes you. Social themes of ageism, privilege and politics are centre stage here as 'V' is angrily determined to change society for the better and for the young. 'Variel' does her best to guide her younger self through the vacuum of youthful rebellion and the morality of the world. Their back and forth interactions act as a metaphor for what is happening in that wider world and being angry is okay but fixing things is perhaps better.


"Stop Blaming. Start Fixing."


Youth and age clash constantly in a story that carries intricate and meaningful messages throughout where you are viewed as the sledgehammer, the bomb or the paintbrush which serves as great symbolism for the world and life. A great read.

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Indie author and book blogger from the UK who works in cutting edge science by day and writes by night. I know the struggle that is indie publishing so my efforts focus on spotlighting fellow authors and contributing to the writing community.

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I’m a pathologically curious sci-fi and fantasy geek. Most of my writing portrays ethical crises packaged in nail-biting thriller and mystery story lines, taking place in super-detailed story worlds. view profile

Published on October 07, 2021

50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Science Fiction

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