Patrick is a Mover, a person with the power to ‘Move’, or pull people from the future to the present. Unfortunately, due to the sudden influx of people from the future using our resources, Moving is banned and all Movers are closely monitored, under threat of permanent sleep. Naturally one day, as it must in all Time Travel tales, things go awry.
Set in a slightly run-down time just ahead of our own, Meaghan McIsaac’s novel is an allegory in the grand Sci Fi tradition. There are clear parallels drawn between Moving and smuggling people across borders in search of a better life, and those who oppose them and the people who would help them. However, the metaphor doesn’t become too didactic, instead it adds a Philip K. Dick-esque vibe to an accomplished thriller.
McIsaac creates a compelling story with interesting character dynamics (Pat, our otherwise likeable protagonist spends the start of the book being unthinkingly cruel to another character because of her weight). In fact, the main hurdle the novel has to overcome is an overly complex premise and indeed, there is a middle section which is the writing equivalent of sitting down in December and untangling the Christmas lights, but it passes swiftly enough and the action keeps up pace, leading to an exciting and clever ending.
Signing off with a promise of a sequel, this will be a book universe to return to, time and time again, for fans of downbeat Sci Fi.