Review: Every Moment and Not a Second More

Every Moment and Not a Second More

Author: Natalie Hanson
Genre: Fiction /Science Fiction
Read if: you want some great and complex character relationships
Trigger warning: Sexual Abuse, Suicidal Ideation

Overall: 3.5/5 Great original plot and characters!

Goodreads Synopsis:

In 2012, scientists used the world’s largest machine to slam matter together and discover ‘The God Particle’. At the same time the universe sends Emily, a dysfunctional middle aged woman, crashing into three strangers. 

She meets an airplane machinist turned drag queen in a battle over dripping bathtub. A scientist on the brink of discovery and destruction. And a young man running from his past who believes he has no future. 

Science and love collide as Emily uncovers the secret that binds them all together.

Spoiler-Free Review

First of all, thank you to the author and publishing company for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was one of those books where I didn’t exactly know what I was getting into until I was about 100 pages in. However, I absolutely loved the characters from the beginning. I think Natalie Hanson does a fantastic job making each character feel and sound different – something that is actually quite tricky to get right. This book deserves all the praise for its originality in both plot and characters.

The novel does, however, have a very slow build. Hanson waits to reveal the intricacies of the relationships between each of the characters until the latter part of the novel, which I actually appreciated. It gave us time to get to know the struggles, achievements, and frustrations of each character which made the events within the second part of the novel all the more real.

Hanson also does an incredible job at writing relationships. These characters are related to each other in very intricate and dynamic ways. Hanson tackles issues of homophobia, homelessness, sexual abuse, suicidal ideation, and more. These characters are real, they have real problems, and real baggage which has an effect on how they treat themselves and others.

This novel also discusses how we deal with the past, and it presents the question; How do we deal with past baggage? Emily and Colby are especially burdened by their past, not only emotionally but also physically as they continuously struggle to empty their homes cluttered by their relatives. I thought it was clever to have them physically empty their homes as they dealt with the trauma from their past.

The main issue I had with this novel was in the format of the writing style. This novel is written in the third-person, however, there are many points in which Hanson includes first-person thoughts and reactions in italics. This works, however, it does disrupt the reading experience. Personally, I think the novel would have benefitted from being told in first-person and showing us how the other characters feel through their actions instead of writing out their thoughts.

All that being said, I think the novel is overall really strong and incredibly original. I recommend giving it a try, especially to see the fabulous character that is Charlemagne.

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