Three Years With the Rat

Three Years With the Rat

Book - 2017
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After drifting between school and dead-end jobs, a young man makes the decision to return to the city he left after high school. The magnet is his beloved older sister, Grace: the golden girl, smart and charismatic even when rebelling, and always his hero. Now she is a promising graduate student in science and the center of a group of friends that take "Little Brother" into their fold, where he finds camaraderie, romance, and even a decent job. But it soon becomes clear that all is not well with Grace. She veers into sudden rages, often directed at her seemingly adoring boyfriend, John, who is engaged in the same field of research. Her accusations of betrayal are cryptic, and her brother is especially confused and troubled when she turns on him, accusing him of a fatal disloyalty. A visit to their mother triggers an episode that suggests Grace has tumbled into serious mental illness, except that John seems to know more than he is telling, and some supposedly objective certainties about what is real seem to be starting to fracture. When Grace disappears, the narrator embarks on a mission to discover the truth, a quest that brings him up against an astonishing question: if the universe is infinite, could there be infinite variations of ourselves, past, present, and future, in a dimension only a few can even imagine? And if there are, and we could enter that dimension, what might confront us? And could we ever make it back?
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781250116307
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 3 years with the rat


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Aug 30, 2018

The premise sounded interesting for sure. I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out. There was a lot of unexpected twists here and there and we jump between the 3 years leading up to finale. I wasn't a huge fan of this book, it seemed more fantastical than sci-fi. The whole other dimension part was interesting but I'm not sure this was well executed, especially given that I didn't like most of the characters (especially Grace!), who are so one dimensional, annoying and selfish.

I liked Buddy a lot, he kept the story interesting for the most part and was probably the only "character" that I actually remember. As for Grace....let's not even go there. She is so damn selfish to pull John and her brother into this twisted and unusual world, with absolutely no thought to the consequences and how it would badly affect them

Overall, I'm still not quite sure what happened (the whole other dimension and transitioning there), but it made for an interesting, albeit slightly tough read.

Feb 01, 2018

An unsettling and delightful ride. Already looking forward to reading it again someday.

A fantastic read!


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