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Paradox Bound: 02/22/19
Paradox Bound by Peter Clines is a time travel road narrative. The cover alone with the little green coupe driving on a lemniscate highway sums up two of the three road narrative aspects. What it doesn't tell us is that the car contains a couple. This novel is a 33CC33: couple, uhoria, and blue highway.
The book has three main parts, each with a time travel inspired name. What exactly the parts are is explained by the plot. The first part is the meeting of the narrator Eli and Harry (Harriet) at different points in his life. Eli lives in a small town that seems reluctant to embrace modern day technology.
The second part is Eli's quest to find Harry and then their journey across the United States. As they travel Eli learns how time travel works through the slick spots on the road. The idea is that small towns, places bypassed by the interstate settle into the eras where they were most content.
The final part shows that there is more to time travel. Not only that, but the very fabric of the country is tied to the road and to these slick spots. Adding a horror element to this novel are faceless men known only by numbers — rather like how highways are known by their route designations (unless you're in Los Angeles or other places that name their routes).