Sugar Time by Joy V. Smith

Sugar Time by Joy V. Smith
Publisher: Hadrosaur Productions
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical
Length: Short Story (56 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

When Sugar’s uncle Max falls ill and his collaborators disappear, she investigates the old Victorian mansion where he conducted his research. She soon finds the collaborators — or what’s left of them — along with an angry Neanderthal. She also finds her uncle’s research project, a working time machine. Sugar must act quickly to unlock the secret of time travel so she can set things right and protect her uncle’s research.

Sometimes illnesses happen at the worst possible time. Will Sugar be able to complete the work that her uncle has been forced to give up?

One of the things that fascinates me the most about time travel is seeing how people plan out this sort of trip. There are so many unknowns when you’re thinking about travelling to a time and place that is so different from the one you live in. Luckily the characters in this book take this question seriously. I really enjoyed observing how they discussed what the best way is to prepare for the unknown.

This tale had so many characters that I was never able to get to know any of them well. It would have been nice to either focus on a smaller number of characters or have more time in the plot to get to know all of them better. I was intrigued by what I was able to infer about their personalities and interests and would have liked to have the opportunity to know more about them.

The plot twists were creative. Seeing how they connected to what I’d figured out earlier about the uncle’s home and experiments was really interesting. While I saw several of the twists coming ahead of time, having a hunch about them didn’t make them any less enjoyable for me. It was fun to have my guesses about what would happen next confirmed as the hints about them were subtle.

I’d recommend Sugar Time to anyone who likes stories about time travel.

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