This alternate history of the late nineteenth century is a fascinating look at what an historical technological arms race would have looked like. Utilizing the themes that the author HG Wells wrote about in his stories The Time Machine and The Island of Dr. Moreau, Booth is able to provide an interesting commentary on what it really means to be human. Jane and the fictional HG Wells are thought-provoking characters. The role reversal - the woman as protector and the man in peril - is an original twist in an already unique genre.

HG Wells is at the forefront of helping spread technology throughout Britain. However, not everyone is excited about the experiments on humans that are necessary to obtain such technology. Jane Robbins decides that in order to stop the government from scrutinizing people’s brains to catalog citizens’ potential, she will reason with Wells to make him understand the disaster that will result from this course of action. When the reasoning with Wells becomes an outright kidnapping, Jane knows that she has gone too far. But with others wanting to use Wells for their nefarious ends, Jane must protect the writer and stop the coming “utopia” that promises only doom for the masses. (Samhain, November 2010, dl. $3.50) *Web Exclusive Review*
Reviewed by: 
Dawn Crowne