“Small actions can have consequences which spread out, like ripples in a pool.”
“What would you say if I told you that for each time we make a choice, we create another universe where another version of ourselves, in another dimension of time and space, is making a different decision?”
I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review. Thanks, M.T.!
When The Pan of Hamgee accidently sets fire to a crime bosses apartment, he realizes that he is worth more alive than dead. He has no family, he’s blacklisted by the government, and now the head of the gangster gang, The Mervinettes, personally wants him dead because of the unintentional destruction he caused to his home. What’s a poor guy to do? Well, the one thing The Pan is good at is getting away from the law. He’s been blacklisted for five years, which is almost unheard of. So he becomes the getaway driver for The Mervinettes. Pretty sweet deal indeed. However when he illegally comes into possession of a golden thimble with magical properties that is actually owned by the cruel leader of K’Barth, The Pan finds himself in the middle of an epic struggle that will take a miracle to get out of!
When I first read the description of this book I’ll admit I was pretty intrigued. A science fiction thriller about gangsters? Hell yeah! Where do I sign up? Science fiction, in many cases, ends up being about serious stuff. Very rarely have I read a science fiction book and laughed my ass off. So it was a great experience to find myself doing so with this book! The Pan is a hilarious, lovable misfit that anyone can identify with. Sure he lives in K’Barth and drives a snurd as a getaway car for Big Merv. Sure he has eyes on the back of his head (literally). But at the heart of it, The Pan is a guy who just can’t seem to get anything right, messes up quite often, and is basically looked down on by his peers and the rest of society. I think we can all relate to that at one point of our lives, right? Even though this is a fantastical setting, the author really brings it down to a relatable level for the reading audience, which is great for this genre of story. And he is so funny! I was laughing so hard right from the first chapter at The Pan’s antics! I couldn’t wait to see what he got into next!
I really loved how everything was so…unique! You literally had no idea what was coming on the next page. Like I mentioned before, The Pan has eyes on the back of his head! Snurds are these amazing flying cars! There are magic golden thimbles! In an age where many books follow tired old tropes and clichés, this book was like a breath of fresh air! I really enjoyed reading it.
My favorite aspect of the book however, is the idea that the author incorporated into the story about parallel dimensions and how every action we take causes ripples in those other dimensions. This is something so very fascinating to me! It’s something we studied for a bit in a philosophy class I’ve taken, and also mentioned in lots of other science fiction and fantasy series (The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman are a few examples) I love how the author took this idea and really made it her own, and incorporated it into her story. It was so fun!
I would definitely recommend this book to people who love science fiction books and have a good sense of humor.