Review: Here and Now and Then

Review: Here and Now and Then

Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

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Official synopsis

To save his daughter, he'll go anywhere—and any-when…

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in I.T., trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler's brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.

Their mission: return Kin to 2142 where he's only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember.

Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It'll take one final trip across time to save Miranda—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.

A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart, and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most.


Well, this was a real tearjerker in the end - I wasn't expecting that! I absolutely loved how the story and characters all came full circle. I loved all of the characters and loved Penny for her character growth and accepting the fact that, she too, can be a total badass and follow her dreams. I thought the little easter eggs Kin picks up in the 21st century to unknowingly tie into his life in 2142 were super sweet and a reminder that deep down we'll always carry the things we love most with us, even if we don't know it.

I'm a sucker for time travel books, tv shows, and movies and I appreciated all of the Doctor Who/Star Trek references as well as the references to rescuing/fostering animals. I mean honestly - could this book have spoken to me more?! This was just the type of story I needed to read right now and I didn't realize it until I had finished it. What a wonderful debut novel!

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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