All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel by Elan MastaiAll Our Wrong Todays: A Novel by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel

byElan Mastai

Hardcover | February 7, 2017

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There's no such thing as the life you're "supposed" to have.


You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed . . . because it wasn't necessary.
     Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.
     But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career and--maybe, just maybe--his soulmate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom's search for the answer takes him across countries, continents and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future--our future--is supposed to be.
     All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.
ELAN MASTAI was born in Vancouver and lives in Toronto with his wife and children. He writes movies. All Our Wrong Todays is his first novel.
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Title:All Our Wrong Todays: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.3 × 6.2 × 1.3 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from I really wanted to like this book... First, if someone told you this book is exactly like Dark Matter, PUT THE BOOK DOWN. It's not anything like Dark Matter. Sure, it's about time travel and alternate universes but the likeness ends there. Now, I still continued reading because the premise sounded interesting. But there is a bit too much philosophy and superfluous description and rehashing of the story. It drags on and on at some points. I actually skimmed a lot in the middle of the book and I hate doing that but I Really wanted to find out the ending. Which turned out to be the most interesting part of the book. Good try, though. Very good idea.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Writing Edit: Updated to 5 stars. Disclaimer: I received this book as part of a giveaway. I absolutely loved this book. I almost gave it five stars, but the writing didn't hold up the entire time (it was great until the setting change). I pretty much finished this entire novel in one sitting just because of how awesome the plot was and how well paced everything was. I could've done without the narration chapters, but I understand how it fit with the character and it did add a little bit of something to the way the story was told. I honestly didn't expect to like this going in to it, but I was still pretty open to it because I love utopian stories and I'm glad that I wasn't disappointed. What a ride! Seriously, the writing is what makes this great so don't dismiss it at the start like I did. It grew on me really quickly and it was so fun to see not only how the story was told but what happened to the character along the way. The foreshadowing was well done. Once things started to fall in to place, it was fun to see how many callbacks would be made and what you remember from what you were already told. I really wished we could experience more from the alternate world, but the adventure was worth it. I was just a little bit disappointed, but the ending was still worth it - we can't always get what we want, but at least the main character can. I can't say enough good things about this book. I wish I wrote this review soon after I finished it just so that I could say more, but instead I'll just say that this should definitely be on your to-read list as it's well written, fun to read, and has a great world to explore. This is absolutely my favourite book so far this year and I can't see how anything else can top it.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay. I picked up this book because a friend posted rave reviews the same day that I happened to see it sitting on the express shelf of the library and I figured that was a sign. The book starts off with a lot of promise and there are definitely some interesting ideas, but I just never came to like the protagonist, and there were some plot points that fell apart for me (ie. going back in time shouldn't reverse your genetic ageing processes). It was also apparent that the author has worked in TV: this idea that every short chapter had to end with some sort of "punch" was just too over the top and exhausting, so that I eventually found it annoying instead of impactful. I do feel like there is an audience for this book, but it did not quite live up to my expectations.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it This a is creative and well done novel. I see a nomination and possible win for the Giller award later this year.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes you think I loved this book with the exception of the final couple of chapters. It's well written - the main character's voice is fun and witty. There's little nuggets of poetic truth nested in about what it is to be human. The time travel component is well explained. Overall, it was tons of fun to read and really makes you think about humanity, the future, and how we use technology.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't like it I just didn't enjoy this book found it hard to follow.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Confusing Cool premise but too hard to follow
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cool premise For most of the book I was hooked. By the end, I was confused, and the final chapter was just plain cheesy. The premise of time travelling is of course intriguing and the author did a good job explaining the little details involved. I liked the idea that there could be alternate versions of yourself at any given time.l with drastically different personalities, family dynamics and professions. Otherwise, there was too much fluff and unnecessary side stories for my liking.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so much fun this is a thrilling book that never stops surprising you. mastai's voice is so genuine that you'll have trouble believing this is fiction, despite how crazy things get. the book is a page turned all the way through and is unlike anything ive red in recent years. so great!
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright First half was a bit slow, but the second half was interesting enough. Not quite what I expected. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A great book for science nerds Overall, I liked this book. I liked that it was science fiction and had a lot of actual science in it. I liked that it wasn't overly predictable. One thing that really bothered me was the ridiculously short chapters. Each chapter was only about 2-3 pages, which I don't like. As a protagonist, Tom wasn't really very likable, to me, until the end. Especially in the beginning he was so sorry for himself and made it seem like the world was against him even though he had a pretty good life. Throughout the book, he did grow up though. Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good, quick read Not quite what I was expecting, but it was an addictive page turner. A quick read that was very entertaining and thought provoking. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Human 3.5/5 stars "Is it possible to think outside of the box of your ideology? Or is ideology the box and you just have to work at opening it?" Is it possible to think outside of the box of your ideology? Or is ideology the box and you just have to work at opening it? In Tom Barren's 2016, all of the technological advances predicted in the 1950's have come to light. In 1965, a scientist named Lionel Goettreider discovered a new form of energy, unleashing the power of automation and nano-targeting into the world. Need a haircut, a meal, or a new outfit? The touch of a button gets the job done, and the results are perfectly tailored to your needs. If you're heading to work, take your flying car. Life is easy with technology at the forefront, but Tom isn't happy. Tom's father, a leader in the field of time travel, is openly disappointed in his son but reluctantly brings him aboard his company. Tom was not meant to be the first to test his father's time machine, but through a mishap, that's exactly what he becomes. Tom ends up in another 2016 - our 2016 - where a haircut requires a skilled, scissor yielding, professional. While this book is categorized as sci-fi, I found it surprisingly rooted in humanity. Tom's struggles are relatable, and I found myself highlighting many poignant passages. Mastai creatively addresses fate and destiny, the power that a single decision can have on the course of one's life, and finding contentment and human connection in a world overrun with technology. Though I didn't fully connect with Tom I still wanted the best for him - I wanted him to find his way home, and for him to have peace with wherever that was. I often struggle with books primarily narrated in the first person, but found that the story was engaging enough that I didn't notice it here, a testament to Mastai's writing. He does use the word "like" conversationally quite a bit, and I could have done without that. I understand the intent, people do talk like this, but I found it distracting. Mastai's insights are meaningful and this story was really fun to read!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend! Thought this is a sci-fi genre, but instead I found myself immersed in this unconventional style writing that brought out the lovely traits of all the characters that were so vivid and yet so human all of us can relate to. This novel could become a classic. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I'm not well-versed in the world of sci-fi fiction, but this book is excellent, just in terms of general fiction. It's touching, funny, and thrilling when it needs to be. I was able to sink into Tom's voice from the first line. It's the kind of book that I could read for hours on end, so while I could have finished it in a day, real life reared it's head. I had to wait until I had hours to spare again to read, because Tom just pulls me in. And when I finished it, it left me so purely happy.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I received this arc from indigo books in exchange for a honest review. I could not stop laughing at the humor in this book. It was insightful and not to mention immersive of how people lived in the 1950s but how they thought that what we have day was strange and mysterious. Let alone how civilization has come this far from back then. Overall, I found it to be thrilling and refreshing tale of time travel told in a way that would make you laugh till the last page.
Date published: 2017-01-02

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1So, the thing is, I come from the world we were supposed to have.That means nothing to you, obviously, because you live here, in the crappy world we do have. But it never should've turned out like this. And it's all my fault-well, me and to a lesser extent my father and, yeah, I guess a little bit Penelope.It's hard to know how to start telling this story. But, okay, you know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Flying cars, robot maids, food pills, teleportation, jet packs, moving sidewalks, ray guns, hover boards, space vacations, and moon bases. All that dazzling, transformative technology our grandparents were certain was right around the corner. The stuff of world's fairs and pulp science-fiction magazines with titles like Fantastic Future Tales and The Amazing World of Tomorrow. Can you picture it?Well, it happened.It all happened, more or less exactly as envisioned. I'm not talking about the future. I'm talking about the present. Today, in the year 2016, humanity lives in a techno-utopian paradise of abundance, purpose, and wonder.Except we don't. Of course we don't. We live in a world where, sure, there are iPhones and 3D printers and, I don't know, drone strikes or whatever. But it hardly looks like The Jetsons. Except it should. And it did. Until it didn't. But it would have, if I hadn't done what I did. Or, no, hold on, what I will have done.I'm sorry, despite receiving the best education available to a citizen of the World of Tomorrow, the grammar of this situation is a bit complicated.Maybe the first person is the wrong way to tell this story. Maybe if I take refuge in the third person I'll find some sort of distance or insight or at least peace of mind. It's worth a try.2Tom Barren wakes up into his own dream.Every night, neural scanners map his dreams while he sleeps so that both his conscious and unconscious thought patterns can be effectively modeled. Every morning, the neural scanners transmit the current dream-state data into a program that generates a real-time virtual projection into which he seamlessly rouses. The dream's scattershot plot is made increasingly linear and lucid until a psychologically pleasing resolution is achieved at the moment of full consciousness . . .I'm sorry-I can't write like this. It's fake. It's safe.The third person is comforting because it's in control, which feels really nice when relating events that were often so out of control. It's like a scientist describing a biological sample seen through a microscope. But I'm not the microscope. I'm the thing on the slide. And I'm not writing this to make myself comfortable. If I wanted comfort, I'd write fiction.In fiction, you cohere all these evocative, telling details into a portrait of the world. But in everyday life, you hardly notice any of the little things. You can't. Your brain swoops past it all, especially when it's your own home, a place that feels barely separate from the inside of your mind or the outside of your body.When you wake up from a real dream into a virtual one, it's like you're on a raft darting this way and that according to the blurry, impenetrable currents of your unconscious, until you find yourself gliding onto a wide, calm, shallow lake, and the slippery, fraught weirdness dissolves into serene, reassuring clarity. The story wraps up the way it feels like it must, and no matter how unsettling the content, you wake with the rejuvenating solidity of order restored. And that's when you realize you're lying in bed, ready to start the day, with none of that sticky subconscious gristle caught in the cramped folds of your mind.It might be what I miss most about where I come from. Because in this world waking up sucks.Here, it's like nobody has considered using even the most rudimentary technology to improve the process. Mattresses don't subtly vibrate to keep your muscles loose. Targeted steam valves don't clean your body in slumber. I mean, blankets are made from tufts of plant fiber spun into thread and occasionally stuffed with feathers. Feathers. Like from actual birds. Waking up should be the best moment of your day, your unconscious and conscious minds synchronized and harmonious.Getting dressed involves an automated device that cuts and stitches a new outfit every morning, indexed to your personal style and body type. The fabric is made from laser-hardened strands of a light-sensitive liquid polymer that's recycled nightly for daily reuse. For breakfast, a similar system outputs whatever meal you feel like from a nutrient gel mixed with color, flavor, and texture protocols. And if that sounds gross to you, in practice it's indistinguishable from what you think of as real food, except that it's uniquely gauged to your tongue's sensory receptors so it tastes and feels ideal every time. You know that sinking feeling you get when you cut into an avocado, only to find that it's either hard and underripe or brown and bruised under its skin? Well, I didn't know that could even happen until I came here. Every avocado I ever ate was perfect.It's weird to be nostalgic for experiences that both did and didn't exist. Like waking up every morning completely refreshed. Something I didn't even realize I could take for granted because it was simply the way things were. But that's the point, of course-the way things were . . . never was.What I'm not nostalgic for is that every morning when I woke up and got dressed and ate breakfast in this glittering technological utopia, I was alone.3On July 11, 1965, Lionel Goettreider invented the future.Obviously you've never heard of him. But where I come from, Lionel Goettreider is the most famous, beloved, and respected human on the planet. Every city has dozens of things named after him: streets, buildings, parks, whatever. Every kid knows how to spell his name using the catchy mnemonic tune that goes G-O-E-T-T-R-E-I-D-E-R.You have no idea what I'm talking about. But if you were from where I'm from, it'd be as familiar to you as A-B-C.Fifty-one years ago, Lionel Goettreider invented a revolutionary way to generate unlimited, robust, absolutely clean energy. His device came to be called the Goettreider Engine. July 11, 1965, was the day he turned it on for the very first time. It made everything possible.Imagine that the last five decades happened with no restrictions on energy. No need to dig deeper and deeper into the ground and make the skies dirtier and dirtier. Nuclear became unnecessarily tempestuous. Coal and oil pointlessly murky. Solar and wind and even hydropower became quaint low-fidelity alternatives that nobody bothered with unless they were peculiarly determined to live off the main grid.So, how did the Goettreider Engine work?How does electricity work? How does a microwave oven work? How does your cell phone or television or remote control work? Do you actually understand on, like, a concrete technical level? If those technologies disappeared, could you reconceive, redesign, and rebuild them from scratch? And, if not, why not? You only use these things pretty much every single day.But of course you don't know. Because unless your job's in a related field you don't need to know. They just work, effortlessly, as they were intended to.Where I come from, that's how it is with the Goettreider Engine. It was important enough to make Goettreider as recognizable a name as Einstein or Newton or Darwin. But how it functioned, like, technically? I really couldn't tell you.Basically, you know how a dam produces energy? Turbines harness the natural propulsion of water flowing downward via gravity to generate electricity. To be clear, that's more or less all I understand about hydroelectric power. Gravity pulls water down, so if you stick a turbine in its path, the water spins it around and somehow makes energy.The Goettreider Engine does that with the planet. You know that the Earth spins on its axis and also revolves around the Sun, while the Sun itself moves endlessly through the solar system. Like water through a turbine, the Goettreider Engine harnesses the constant rotation of the planet to create boundless energy. It has something to do with magnetism and gravity and . . . honestly, I don't know-any more than I genuinely understand an alkaline battery or a combustion engine or an incandescent light bulb. They just work.So does the Goettreider Engine. It just works.Or it did. Before, you know, me.4I am not a genius. If you've read this far, you're already aware of that fact.But my father is a legitimate full-blown genius of the highest order. After finishing his third PhD, Victor Barren spent a few crucial years working in long-range teleportation before founding his own lab to pursue his specific niche field-time travel.Even where I come from, time travel was considered more or less impossible. Not because of time, actually, but because of space.Here's why every time-travel movie you've ever seen is total bullshit: because the Earth moves.You know this. Plus I mentioned it last chapter. The Earth spins all the way around once a day, revolves around the Sun once a year, while the Sun is on its own cosmic route through the solar system, which is itself hurtling through a galaxy that's wandering an epic path through the universe.The ground under you is moving, really fast. Along the equator, the Earth rotates at over 1,000 miles per hour, twenty-four hours a day, while orbiting the Sun at a little over 67,000 miles per hour. That's 1,600,000 miles per day. Meanwhile our solar system is in motion relative to the Milky Way galaxy at more than 1,300,000 miles per hour, covering just shy of 32,000,000 miles per day. And so on.If you were to travel back in time to yesterday, the Earth would be in a different place in space. Even if you travel back in time one second, the Earth below your feet can move nearly half a kilometer. In one second.The reason every movie about time travel is nonsense is that the Earth moves, constantly, always. You travel back one day, you don't end up in the same location-you end up in the gaping vacuum of outer space.Marty McFly didn't appear thirty years earlier in his hometown of Hill Valley, California. His tricked-out DeLorean materialized in the endless empty blackness of the cosmos with the Earth approximately 350,000,000,000 miles away. Assuming he didn't immediately lose consciousness from the lack of oxygen, the absence of air pressure would cause all the fluids in his body to bubble, partially evaporate, and freeze. He would be dead in less than a minute.The Terminator would probably survive in space because it's an unstoppable robot killing machine, but traveling from 2029 to 1984 would've given Sarah Connor a 525,000,000,000-mile head start.Time travel doesn't just require traveling back in time. It also requires traveling back to a pinpoint-specific location in space. Otherwise, just like with regular old everyday teleportation, you could end up stuck inside something.Think about where you're sitting right now. Let's say on an olive-green couch. A white ceramic bowl of fake green pears and real brown pinecones propped next to your feet on the teak coffee table. A brushed-steel floor lamp glows over your shoulder. A coarse rug over reclaimed barn-board elm floors that cost too much but look pretty great . . .If you were to teleport even a few inches in any direction, your body would be embedded in a solid object. One inch, you're wounded. Two inches, you're maimed. Three inches, you're dead.Every second of the day, we're all three inches from being dead.Which is why teleportation is safe and effective only if it's between dedicated sites on an exactingly calibrated system.My father's early work in teleportation was so important because it helped him understand the mechanics of disincorporating and reincorporating a human body between discrete locations. It's what stymied all previous time-travel initiatives. Reversing the flow of time isn't even that complex. What's outrageously complex is instantaneous space travel with absolute accuracy across potentially billions of miles.My father's genius wasn't just about solving both the theoretical and logistic challenges of time travel. It was about recognizing that in this, as in so many other aspects of everyday life, our savior was Lionel Goettreider.5The first Goettreider Engine was turned on once and never turned off-it's been running without interruption since 2:03 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, 1965.Goettreider's original device wasn't designed to harness and emit large-scale amounts of energy. It was an experimental prototype that performed beyond its inventor's most grandiose expectations. But the whole point of a Goettreider Engine is that it never has to be deactivated, just as the planet never stops moving. So, the prototype was left running in the same spot where it was first switched on, in front of a small crowd of sixteen observers in a basement laboratory in section B7 of the San Francisco State Science and Technology Center.Where I come from, every schoolkid knows the names and faces of the Sixteen Witnesses. Numerous books have been written about every single one of them, with their presence at this ultimate hinge in history shoved into the chronology of their individual lives as the def ining event, whether or not it was factually true.Countless works of art have depicted The Activation of the Goettreider Engine. It's The Last Supper of the modern world, those sixteen faces, each with its own codified reaction. Skeptical. Awed. Distracted. Amused. Jealous. Angry. Thoughtful. Frightened. Detached. Concerned. Excited. Nonchalant. Harried. There's three more. Damn it, I should know this . . .When the prototype Engine was first turned on, Goettreider just wanted to verify his calculations and prove his theory wasn't completely misguided-all it had to do was actually work. And it did work, but it had a major defect. It emitted a unique radiation signature, what was later called tau radiation, a nod to how physics uses the Greek capital letter T to represent proper time in relativity equations.As the Engine's miraculous energy-generating capacities expanded to power the whole world, the tau radiation signature was eliminated from the large-scale industrial models. But the prototype was left to run, theoretically forever, in Goettreider's lab in San Francisco-now among the most visited museums on the planet-out of respect, nostalgia, and a legally rigid clause in Goettreider's last will and testament.

Editorial Reviews

National BestsellerAn Indie Next Pick"A novel about time travel has no right to be this engaging. A novel this engaging has no right to be this smart. And a novel this smart has no right to be this funny. Or insightful. Or immersive. Basically, this novel has no right to exist." —Jonathan Tropper, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You"A thrilling tale of time travel and alternate timelines with a refreshingly optimistic view of humanity's future." —Andy Weir, New York Times bestselling author of The Martian"Everything about Mastai's debut novel is clever, starting with the premise. . . . He deploys his rom-com chops with zippy dialogue and deftly drawn characters, but also manages to keep a bewildering number of narrative balls in the air. . . . Its braininess is balanced by moments of glittering wisdom. . . . [Mastai is] an ambitious and committed talent." —Maclean's"At its core, All Our Wrong Todays is a profound character study, utterly singular in both approach and execution. . . . Fans of The F-Word, Mastai's award-winning 2013 romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe . . . will recognize Mastai's knack for self-reflection and charming riff on romance, ugly and basic and human as it can be." —National Post"All Our Wrong Todays is an incredibly creative work. It's as if Mastai time travelled and took copious notes of what a future utopian world would be. The science is as engaging as the romance. Mastai has mastered the art of endearing himself to an audience through both knowledge and entertainment. It's definitely out of this world—or an alternate universe." —Associated Press"Amazing. . . . Dazzling and complex. . . . [All Our Wrong Todays is] fearlessly funny storytelling." —Washington Post"Wildly entertaining. . . . A genre-hopping, laugh-out-loud sci-fi love story, All Our Wrong Todays at its heart is a deceptively profound exploration of what makes a good life and why our species seems hell-bent on self-annihilation. Clever and entertaining, it explores the small differences that divide what we are from what we could be and what we want to be." —Toronto Star"Instantly engaging. . . . [All Our Wrong Todays is] a timeless, if mind-bending, story about the journeys we take, populated by friends, family, lovers and others, that show us who we might be, could be—and maybe never should be—that eventually leads us to who we are. —USA Today"Mastai creates a fascinating tapestry of interconnected alternate realities. . . . A potent mixture of sincere introspection and a riveting examination of time travel and alternate realities, this highly recommended novel is reminiscent of Jo Walton's My Real Children with the breeziness of Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore." —Library Journal, starred review"All Our Wrong Todays belongs in a burgeoning genre of books like Andy Weir's The Martian that wrap self-deprecating dad humor around unabashedly nerdy science. . . . Refreshing." —GQ "On top of this brilliant philosophical premise of parallel versions of one's life and the people in it—of what might have been had history unfolded different—Mastai's language is also rife with an infectious humor you won’t be able to stop reading." —Harper's Bazaar"Both charming and wondrously plotted. . . . Mastai considers not only the workings, but the consequences (and there are many) of time travel, packing so much into the last 100 pages it feels as if there's literal weight pressing on your mind." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Elan Mastai's debut novel is a must for any sci-fi fan, but anyone who appreciates whip-smart prose and intrepid imagination will also get a kick out of this fantastical time-bending tale." —Canadian Living"If you're a fan of books that leave you gaping open-mouthed like Keanu Reeves at the end of The Matrix when you turn the final page, you're going to love All Our Wrong Todays." —Mashable"Time travel bends our minds, and in the right hands it can tickle our funny bones. All Our Wrong Todays is a twisty, provocative, creative tale of one person at the center of multiple branching timelines. It's an extremely enjoyable way to get yourself thinking about our world and the ways it could be very different." —Sean Carroll, author of The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself"As a novelist, I hate Elan Mastai for writing a perfect book. As a reader, I couldn't be more grateful." —Ron Currie, author of Everything Matters! and The One-Eyed Man"Mastai’s utopian worldbuilding is complex and imaginative. . . . An entertaining rom-com of errors, All Our Wrong Todays backflips through paradoxes while exploring provocative questions of grief and the multitudes we contain within ourselves. Ultimately, it's a story about love—and the stupid things we'll do for it." —Bookpage"Within the pages of this brilliant novel is enough humor, wisdom and joy to last us well into the next millennium. Elan Mastai is this generation's Vonnegut, providing us with the blueprints for building a more loving present, past, and future." —Alexander Weinstein, author of Children of the New World "[An] imaginative debut novel. . . . Mastai has fun with all the usual conventions of time travel and its many paradoxes, and the cherry on top is his dialogue, reminiscent of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy." —Publishers Weekly"[All Our Wrong Todays] earns the case it makes for the messiness, heartbreak and imperfections of our world, and in doing so helped reconnect me to my fellow humans." —Chicago Tribune"The year's definitive dystopian novel." —Toronto Life"With humor, grace and dizzying skill, Mastai crafts a time-traveling novel that challenges every convention of the trope, and succeeds brilliantly. His droll, unassuming writing style couches a number of razor-sharp critiques about both our own reality and that of his hero, while the endless array of technological gadgets, innovations and possibilities give the story its drive and irresistible exuberance. . . . Heartrending, funny, smart, and stunningly, almost brazenly hopeful." —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick"An endearing comedy about family and friendship." —New York Post"Witty, thoughtful and entertaining." —Houston Chronicle"Elan Mastai has conjured up a witty and freewheeling time-traveling romance that packs an emotional wallop. All Our Wrong Todays is a page-turning delight." —Maria Semple, author of Today Will Be Different and Where’d You Go, Bernadette"Mastai gingerly fuses his debut with heart and humour while questioning notions of happiness, identity, nostalgia and sacrifice." —Winnipeg Free Press"Screenwriter Mastai fills his debut with vintage-sf-novel-fueled names and explanations to anticipate readers’ every question; they’ll enjoy the ride." —Booklist "Mastai's model, openly acknowledged, is Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, with its short chapters and snappy punchlines. He has caught the tone very well: a narrative voice at once wise and naïve, indignant and resigned, flip and deeply sad." —The Wall Street Journal"A clever concept that Mastai executes to perfection. An absolute joy to read." —New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab