Finished the first book in my TBR pile for the 48HBC, Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher. It was recommended to me by the children’s library at my local library, who absolutely loved it. Below are stats and tweets:
total read time: 4 hours (I had to go back and re-read certain sections)
length of book: 378 pages
- Jack Wilde, you are NOT Inigo Montoya. Now stop stabbing other kids with your fencing blade. #OBSIDIANMIRROR #48HBC
- OBSIDIAN BLADE* chap 2 introduces mystery girl running thru 13 pages of woods like a high school horror flick. Need more info to care #48HBC
- OBSIDIAN MIRROR pg.171: calling it right now. Piers the manservant is a pixie-chef! #48HBC
- OBSIDIAN MIRROR pg. 273: I was right! His biscuits are magic! #48HBC
- OBSIDIAN MIRROR: I might have read too quickly, but I don’t buy this Replicant time travel business. Go back, go back, go back! #48HBC
- OBSIDIAN MIRROR: Still not sold about the time travel, the coin business is action flick silly, did NOT expect the reveal at the end #48HBC
So…now that I’ve had a good night’s sleep to think about Obsidian‘s time travel. The obsidian mirror is a (not very precise) time machine. According to Sarah, the mystery girl being hunted in the woods, if you time travel and botch your return trip by arriving before you left, you create a Replicant of yourself because there are now two of you at this point in time. The Replicant is immortal, because the real you is safe in a steel bunker in the future.
But the you that has free will is the you that has already traveled, not the pre-travel-you, which is on a fixed timeline and should vanish on the day you time travel. If that “replicant” goes AWOL and starts antagonizing people like Sarah instead of time traveling, then you’ve got a paradox, because then you’ve never traveled.
So lets assume that we’re not working on a fixed timeline, but on a fluid one. So, the Replicant go AWOL and doesn’t time travel, but he or she would have to create a parallel universe to do so. And voila, you have two versions of the same person, but they should be autonomous, so how does the original control them from the steel bunker in the future?
Now I’m so confused. Anyone want to comment or discuss?
*whoops, that should read MIRROR.