Book Review: You Don’t Belong Here by Tim Major

Daniel Faint is on the run with a stolen time machine.

As the house-sitter of a remote Cumbrian mansion, he hopes to hide and experiment with the machine. But is the Manor being watched by locals, his twin brother or even himself?

Daniel is terrified about what the future may hold but, as he discovers, there can be no going back.

What I Thought:

“The time machine in the back of the van shifted as Daniel pulled off the motorway.”

This line opens You Don’t Belong Here – so far, so intrigued. I think many of us are excited by the idea of time travel – what would we do if we could go back to a certain event, or what would we think if we could visit the future? The answer in this novel is not as simple as all that, and in fact it puts forward a new take on time travel that is expertly examined and revealed only in the last few pages.

Daniel Faint is an intriguing character – almost an anti-hero as he seems throughout the novel to be selfish and arrogant – so arrogant that he steals a time machine, with no knowledge of how such a device would even work. This does not detract from the novel though, as the reader has a vested interest in what will happen to him – perhaps he’ll blow himself up using the machine, or catapult himself into the very far future? Finding out is definitely rewarding!

Although I did enjoy the novel, and the premise, I found the pacing a little slow early on – from a dramatic beginning of Daniel being on the run with a time machine, the parts where he gets settled in Cumbria seem to lag a little, and I felt that he needed to get on and start testing the machine, as that was when the pace began to pick up.

Ultimately, the reveal of what has been going on with the time machine was paced well, and the drama of Daniel’s flight from the Manor met my expectations from the start of the book, so I would definitely recommend it to lovers of Sci-Fi.

You Don’t Belong Here is published by Snowbooks. To find out more about Tim Major, please do check out his website.

Note: I was sent a copy of the book for review purposes. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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