Three Years With the Rat

Three Years With the Rat

eBook - 2016
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Shortlisted for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, Speculative Fiction Category

A young man's quest to find his missing sister will catapult him into a dangerous labyrinth of secrets in this provocative, genre-bending, and page-turning debut .

After several years of drifting between school and go-nowhere jobs, a young man is drawn back into the big city of his youth. The magnet is his beloved older sister, Grace: always smart and charismatic even when she was rebelling, and always his hero. Now she is a promising graduate student in psychophysics and the centre of a group of friends who take "Little Brother" into their fold, where he finds camaraderie, romance, and even a decent job.
But it soon becomes clear that things are not well with Grace. Always acerbic, she now veers into sudden rages that are increasingly directed at her adoring boyfriend, John, who is also her fellow researcher. When Grace disappears, and John shortly thereafter, the narrator makes an astonishing discovery in their apartment: a box big enough to crawl inside, a lab rat, and a note that says This is the only way back for us . Soon he embarks on a mission to discover the truth, a pursuit that forces him to question time and space itself, and ultimately toward a perilous confrontation at the very limits of imagination.
This kinetic novel catapults the classic noir plot of a woman gone missing into the 21st century city, where so-called reality crashes into speculative science in a novel reminiscent of Danielewski's House of Leaves . Three Years with the Rat is simultaneously a mind-twisting mystery that plays with the very nature of time and the story of a young man who must face the dangerously destructive forces we all carry within ourselves.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Canada, 2016.
ISBN: 9780143193630
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Dream24
Aug 30, 2018

The premise sounded interesting for sure. I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out. There was a lot of unexpected twists here and there and we jump between the 3 years leading up to finale. I wasn't a huge fan of this book, it seemed more fantastical than sci-fi. The whole other dimension part was interesting but I'm not sure this was well executed, especially given that I didn't like most of the characters (especially Grace!), who are so one dimensional, annoying and selfish.

I liked Buddy a lot, he kept the story interesting for the most part and was probably the only "character" that I actually remember. As for Grace....let's not even go there. She is so damn selfish to pull John and her brother into this twisted and unusual world, with absolutely no thought to the consequences and how it would badly affect them

Overall, I'm still not quite sure what happened (the whole other dimension and transitioning there), but it made for an interesting, albeit slightly tough read.

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WordsUponWords
Feb 01, 2018

An unsettling and delightful ride. Already looking forward to reading it again someday.

A fantastic read!

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