When Nigel Walden is fourteen, the UNHAPPENINGS begin. His first girlfriend disappears the day after their first kiss with no indication she ever existed. This retroactive change is the first of many only he seems to notice.
Several years later, when Nigel is visited by two people from his future, he hopes they can explain why the past keeps rewriting itself around him. But the enigmatic young guide shares very little, and the haggard, incoherent, elderly version of himself is even less reliable. His search for answers takes him fifty-two years forward in time, where he finds himself stranded and alone.
And then he meets Helen.
Brilliant, hilarious and beautiful, she captivates him. But Nigel’s relationships always unhappen, and if they get close it could be fatal for her. Worse, according to the young guide, just by entering Helen’s life, Nigel has already set into motion events that will have catastrophic consequences. In his efforts to reverse this, and to find a way to remain with Helen, he discovers the disturbing truth about the unhappenings, and the role he and his future self have played all along.
Equal parts time-travel adventure and tragic love story, Unhappenings is a tale of gravely bad choices, and Nigel’s struggle not to become what he sees in the preview of his worst self.
Reviews for Unhappenings
WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
I'm a sucker for time travel, but to be honest, I wasn't aware of that until a few years ago. So it's not like I'm claiming to be the maximum expert on the matter or something. I haven't read/seen so huge an amount of time travel stories that I can vouch for the novelty of a particular concept. What I can say is, the story of a man whose life constantly seems to rewrite itself with no reason sounded too fresh and compelling not to give it a chance. I do have a [...]
There were a handful of places in the book where I just wanted him to let it roll, but that is a fairly small complaint.Also, after the leisurely pace of the early chapters there are some major apocalyptic events near the end that are just glossed over, but again, this is Nigel’s story, and the story sticks with him, for good or ill. The ending might strike some as being a bit too down-beat, but I thought that it struck just the right note. Now I don’t know if I would be so quick to travel back to my past.
It’s fantastically geeky and I loved every single minute of it. I wish it had lasted longer, and I think it would make an amazing movie. It doesn’t hurt that the main characters love interest is a librarian, of course! My brain was racing the entire time I read this trying to guess what was going to happen and follow along with Nigel, his time travel buddy, and his love interest.
I always particularly enjoy reading books by Edward Aubry; always well-written, they always serve to stretch my brain and imagination. UNHAPPENINGS is a story of Time time traTravel, though for me it works equally as repetitive probability shifting. But Mr. Aubry's focus is Time Travel, so that is the direction we shall go.Nigel Walden is an inadvertent time traveler, at least inadvertent for the first several years, until he meets a girl he terms "Penelope," who teaches him techniques to appear ADD, and subsequently her future self, who teaches Nigel to consciously time travel. Since at least age 14, Nigel's [...]