Rebellious and immature Finn Howell turns his life around when he meets the young, sophisticated Maia Boerio and falls deeply in love with her. Their shared love of rare novels becomes a burden in Finn’s life when he finds a series called A Tale of Time piled in with one of his rare book purchases. It is no ordinary series of rare novels, though.
These six books were published in the mid-nineteenth century, but they describe world events occurring from 1879 to 2059. The sixth book, however, predicts the future—a future that lies on the pages resting in Finn’s hands. As he struggles with his sanity in trying to determine who wrote the books, who gave him the books—and more importantly, why they gave him the books—Finn discovers a difficult truth.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-28
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was actually inspired by a dream I had, where a man discovered a series of books that predicted the future, and, well, they drove him quite mad. After cutting the random dragon appearances out of the dream, I took bits and pieces from people around me to create the characters and write the book I hold in front of me today.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I frequently base my characters off of little aspects of those around me, combining them to make my finished characters. I won't tell you who I base them off, but, for example, I'll take one positive characteristic from one person I know, and a negative one from another. I think about how one of those people would react in a certain situation and go from there. For appearances, I also often base these off of people I know. I find writing from what we know is extremely beneficial, especially when it comes to consistency.
There it is. The sixth book. It stares at me and I cautiously stare back. Do I open it? Do I read it? Do I chuck it out my hotel window, onto the road, and wait until it bursts into a hundred pieces?
No. No, Finn. I knew this would happen. I knew that once I read the other five books—books painted in blood—I would be reluctant to open the sixth book.
The sixth book of the series, by the name of A Tale of Time, chronicles—and takes the name of—2039 to 2059.
It is May of 2028.
I am waging an internal war. My brain is loading nuclear weapons, ready to win at any cost, but my heart is drafting peace treaties even faster than it can beat.
I don’t know if I can open it. I should never have even read the first five books. Then I wouldn’t know if they were accurate, and I wouldn’t be tearing myself apart trying to decide if opening this one is in my best interest. Not only mine, but the world’s best interest.
Books one through five address the years of 1879 to 2029. Sounds like an interesting read, doesn’t it? The only problem: they were written and printed from 1868 to 1878.
The unnamed author somehow predicted the future, and I have only one novel left to read in the series. Don’t worry, I verified the publishing dates. I wouldn’t want to sound crazy, right? See, I wouldn’t consider even reading the sixth book had my best friend not been murdered because of it this morning.
When I was eight-years-old, I read a book by the name of Signature Steel, which frightened me into never wanting to touch another book. I found the novel on my mother’s night table, and eight-year-old Finn thought there was no harm in reading an adult horror novel.
All I remember from that novel is a villain who terrorized a town and left every member of it lying in a pool of their loved one’s blood. I look at the sixth book like it is Signature Steel.
If the sixth book is as accurate as the other five, opening it will either give me the key to preventing the world’s destruction, or leave me with all the answers and the inability to do anything about it. I’m just not sure I want that kind of pressure.
Part of me wishes I could go back and change my profession so I could be anything but a rare book collector and book store owner. Or at least be some other person with the same profession, but a different life. That way someone else could have stumbled upon the only copy of A Tale of Time, and be forced to make a decision which would change their life and the lives of all eight billion people on Earth. Any takers? Didn’t think so.
Perhaps I need to return to the time before my life felt like a steeping hot bowl of lava. Perhaps returning to this time in my life, before the books were crammed into it, will help me find the answers I am looking for. Perhaps I will then decide what to do with the sixth book.
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