Last Year
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Last Year


From the author of the bestselling and Hugo Award-winning Spin, comes an SF tale that poses searching questions about tourism and colonization

Two events made September 1st a memorable day for Jesse Cullum. First, he lost a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Second, he saved the life of President Ulysses S. Grant.

It's the near future, and the technology exists to open doorways into the past--but not our past, not exactly. Each "past" is effectively an alternate world, identical to ours but only up to the date on which we access it. And a given "past" can only be reached once. After a passageway is open, it's the only road to that particular past; once closed, it can't be reopened.

A passageway has been opened to a version of late 19th-century Ohio. It's been in operation for most of a decade, but it's no secret, on either side of time. A small city has grown up around it to entertain visitors from our time, and many locals earn a good living catering to them. But like all such operations, it has a shelf life; as the "natives" become more sophisticated, their version of the "past" grows less attractive as a destination.

Jesse Cullum is a native. And he knows the passageway will be closing soon. He's fallen in love with a woman from our time, and he means to follow her back--no matter whose secrets he has to expose in order to do it.

Title:Last Year
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:351 pages

    Last Year Reviews

  • Standback
    Dec 06, 2016

    A good read, though it kind of doesn't make it to where it's trying to go.The future has opened up a window into the past. They're sending through tourists, they're opening up trade. They're selling t...

  • Sara Cutaia
    Dec 02, 2016

    One of - no, THE - best time-traveling book I've ever read. The story takes place in 1876, but people from the 21st century have traveled back in time and are making a "resort" out of the time period....

  • Arbait Arbaits
    Jan 04, 2017

    Călătorie în timp în scop turistic, comercial de fapt.Un parc tematic (vezi Jurasic Park) în 186... , în Statele Unite de după Războiul de secesiune, în care patronatul obține profit, simult...

  • Russ
    Jan 09, 2017

    Any book that features President Ulysses S. Grant has a good shot at a favorable review from me, but Last Year is great even aside from that. It is like a combination of Michael Crichton's Timeline an...

  • Jamie Collins
    Jan 01, 2017

    I love a good time travel story. Opportunists from the year 2032 have established a tourist destination in 1887 Ohio. History buffs from the future come to gawk at 19th century America, while the loca...

  • Lasse
    Jan 04, 2017

    Such potential. If the author wouldn't had put it so exactly in our own 201x - it could've been great. From my point of view, naming exact and current trademarks brakes things just 1 year from now:I'm...

  • Danielle Tremblay
    Jan 06, 2017

    I won this book in GoodReads giveaways in exchange for an honest review.This book was written expressly for me. You don't believe me ? But it contains everything I've loved most in the novels I've rea...

  • Liviu
    Dec 10, 2016

    Starts great and despite being a bit so-so on its blurb, the narrative pull of the first few pages was so great that I kept turning them and reading; unfortunately about half on, the book turned into ...

  • astaliegurec
    Dec 19, 2016

    After some of the books I've been reading lately, I found Robert Charles Wilson's "Last Year" to be a breath of fresh air. It's a very well-written book with a well-developed universe, theme, plot, an...

  • Alan Zendell
    Jan 08, 2017

    For me this book earns 5 stars simply because I loved it. A real joy to read.Was it perfect? No, nothing is. But aside from straining the reader's credibility just a little, the main protagonist, Jess...