by Charles Yu
I read Yu’s Third Class Superhero and enjoyed it, and I looked forward to reading his first novel.
Yu has included many clever nods to fanboys and fangirls in this book, including the very idea you can live in a universe that is a narrative structure that people obsess over. It’s a funny, clever, very meta read. It’s a book about time travel that manages not to make time travel sexy, which is more entertaining than it sounds.
What people really want, Yu seems to tell us, despite our resistance to it and running away from it, is a real life. The trick is recognizing the value in the one we’ve got.