The Disunited States of America

The Disunited States of America

Harry Turtledove / Jun 20, 2019

The Disunited States of America Time travel doesn t work You can t go backward or forward you re stuck at now What you can do is travel sideways to the same now in another timeline where history turned out differently So far only

  • Title: The Disunited States of America
  • Author: Harry Turtledove
  • ISBN: 9780765314857
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Time travel doesn t work You can t go backward or forward you re stuck at now What you can do is travel sideways, to the same now in another timeline where history turned out differently.So far, only our home timeline has figured out how to do that We use Crosstime Traffic to conduct discreet trading operations in less advanced timelines, selling goods just a littlTime travel doesn t work You can t go backward or forward you re stuck at now What you can do is travel sideways, to the same now in another timeline where history turned out differently.So far, only our home timeline has figured out how to do that We use Crosstime Traffic to conduct discreet trading operations in less advanced timelines, selling goods just a little bit better than the locals can make It s profitable, but families who work as Time Traders have to be careful to fit in, lest the locals become suspicious Justin s family are Time Traders The summer before he s due to start college, he goes with them to a different Virginia, in a timeline where the American states never became a single country, and American history has consisted of a series of small wars Despite his unease, he accompanies Randolph Brooks, another Time Trader, on a visit to the tiny upland town of Elizabeth, Virginia He ll only be away from his parents for a few days Beckie Royer thanks her stars that she s from California, the most prosperous and advanced country in North America But just now she s in Virginia with her grandmother, who wants to revisit the tiny mountain town where she grew up The only interesting thing there is a boy named Justin and he ll be gone soon Then war between Virginia and Ohio breaks out anew Ohio sets a tailored virus loose on Virginia Virginia swiftly imposes a quarantine, trapping Becky and Justin and Randolph Brooks in Elizabeth Even Crosstime Traffic can t help All the three of them can do is watch as plague and violence take over the town It s nothing new in history, not in this timeline or any other It s part of the human condition And just now, this part of the human condition sucks.

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      • Harry Turtledove

        Dr Harry Norman Turtledove is an American novelist, who has produced a sizeable number of works in several genres including alternate history, historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction.Harry Turtledove attended UCLA, where he received a Ph.D in Byzantine history in 1977.Turtledove has been dubbed The Master of Alternate History Within this genre he is known both for creating original scenarios such as survival of the Byzantine Empire an alien invasion in the middle of the World War II and for giving a fresh and original treatment to themes previously dealt with by other authors, such as the victory of the South in the American Civil War and of Nazi Germany in the Second World War His novels have been credited with bringing alternate history into the mainstream His style of alternate history has a strong military theme.


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    1. Beckie is on a trip with her grandmother to visit old friends in Virginia. Justin is on a trip to Virginia to gain information he can parlay into a college scholarship. When Ohio unleashes a mutated virus that begins a race war in Virginia, the two teenagers are trapped in small town Virginia, longing to be back home.Set in an alternate universe of the late 21st Century North America, this is a love story/coming of age drama masking as a time travel adventure. In this North America, there are ma [...]


    2. My first read by Turtledove, and quite likely my last. I tired quickly of Terry Goodkind's objectivist polemic, even though mildly sympathetic to some of the relevant ideals; with Turtledove'a Disunited States, the preachiness factor is turned up to eleven and frankly there are no redeeming factors. The story is boring, the characters are one-dimensional and entirely predictable, the setting is straight out of a Rachel Maddow rant,* and the sci-fi premise is barely delved. Turtledove ignores the [...]


    3. Well, I can't really say this book was bad, but it wasn't very good.The premise had so much promise, and then it was really boring. I mean, I finished it, but I wasn't particularly happy about it.The only things I actually liked about it were 1) Justin, the main character, uses the term "stephenkinging" to describe his (possibly justified) paranoia about being a stranger in a small town during a war, and 2) when discussing George Herman, the best rounders player who ever lived (in the "alternate [...]


    4. According to his author bio, Turtledove has a PhD. If he talks like he writes, I hope he hasn't actually taught.That's because this is a curiously slow-moving, preachy novel. Turtledove constantly goes back over the same lite philosophical ground about slavery, race relations and the challenges of moving between parallel universes.As a longtime sci-fi reader, I get that some authors throw too many concepts at readers for them to grasp; this is the opposite. He repeatedly has characters go over t [...]


    5. The Disunited States of America is another in Harry Turtledove's 'Crosstime Traffic' series. This series posits a future world in which people have discovered the ability to travel to parallel timelines, somewhat like the TV show 'Sliders'. They have used this tech to exploit resources from other worlds and fix a few problems at home, as well as explore. It's a fun little conceit that lets Turtledove explore a variety of 'What-ifs', with commentary on various social dynamics.The point of histori [...]


    6. I purchased the Crosstime Traffic series many years ago and am just aiming to finish them. This installment was the 4th in the series of 6 by the author. He's known for his alternate history work but in this series he aims for the young adult audience. Let's just say, a gateway book into the addiction that is science fiction. I picked these up because I remember my days of being that age and reading the Heinlein "juveniles." They are quick reads where the protagonist is a teen. I do enjoy Mr Tur [...]


    7. 3.5 starsAnother book in the Crosstime Traffic series, The Disunited States of America follows Crosstime Traveler Justin Monroe and his mother as they travel from the home timeline in 2091 to an alternate reality where the United States was never united. Instead there are several smaller countries and Justin and his mother are going to Virginia. Also in Virginia is Beckie Royer, a citizen of the nation of California, visiting the small town of Elizabeth, VA with her Grandmother who is a Virginia [...]



    8. This is actually the fourth book in the CROSSTIME TRAFFIC series but I didn't know that when I took the book on for review. No worries though since it read pretty much as a standalone. I'm going to take a leaping guess here and assume that book one actually explains the whole concept of crosstime traffic and why Justin's home timeline thinks they're the only ones special enough to be able to travel across time. That whole concept just read really wrong to me. That only Justin's timeline had thos [...]


    9. The Disunited States of America describes a world in which the Constitution was never ratified and the United States broke up into different countries. Turtledove does a good job explaining the current state of things, but doesn't go into the history very much. We are led to believe that the states were broken up by the early 1830s, but California is still a country even though it was before the Mexican Cession. The story, though, is very interesting. Two teenagers, one from Disunited California [...]


    10. Justin and his mother work for the Crosstime Traffic Corporation and spend their time traveling to different alternate universes from the home timeline of the late 21st century. In this fourth installment of Turtledove’s Crosstime novels, Justin and his mother travel to an alternate timeline in which the Constitution is never written and the Articles of Confederation failed to work. Each North American state has become like their own country and not all of the states are so friendly with each [...]


    11. Précis A teenage boy and his mother travel to an alternate timeline via Crosstime Traffic, a provider of this service to anyone willing to pay for the unusual vacation of sorts. They are going to Virginia and in this alternate slavery is still the norm as the Constitution was never accepted and the sates are independent countries. The boy, Justin Monroe, meets Beckie Royer who is visiting an aunt, who lives in Virginia, with her grandmother who is every granddaughter's worst nightmare. They ar [...]


    12. Overall, I thought that the premise of the book was interesting and the science fiction parts cool. I also got lots of ideas for stories that I want to write.But, that is about all the good I can say about this book. I found the rest pedantic and simplistic.Setting: The alternate reality thing was cool. I would have liked to explore it more, but the author didn't do much elaborating and the characters were stuck in a small town for most of the book.Plot: Again, interesting idea; not executed wel [...]


    13. In a neat concept for a series, "Crosstime Traffic" is the story of travellers in alternate realities - a logical development for Turtledove, who has built his career around novels set in worlds removed from ours only by one small historical change (or in a couple of cases, by honking great SF twists such as invading aliens or time-travelling South African white supremacists).Most of my knowledge of Turtledove comes from his fantastic series "Worldwar" (aliens invade in World War 2) and "Great W [...]


    14. My teen son and I read this together and liked it. It was interesting to read one of my late husband's favorite authors, but in a young adult version. The book tells us what the US future could look like - short on resources but with the ability to secretly travel to alternate timelines where resources are more plentiful. It also tells what the future could have looked like if the US had split into multiple nations in the 1800s. The two timelines are deceptively similar, and cross-time traveller [...]


    15. The Disunited States of America by Harry Turtledove is an alternate history tale in which the Constitution of the United States was never written. The resulting fallout is that the "united states" become the "disunited states", with each state going down its own road. Advances in society, technology, etc. all occur at different rates within each state. Some still have slavery. Others have achieved the relative amount of equality we enjoy ourselves. Still others have reversed the white/black dich [...]


    16. I had borrowed Rebecca's E-reader to read A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. After I was finished with those tomes I went poking around and stumbled upon The Disunited States of America. I start reading and it's semi-interesting. Then I begin to find familiar towns and places: Parkersburg, Wirt County, Elizabeth, Prunty. This is a dystopian alternative future set in West Virginia. I was hooked. The plot moves at a steady pace and it is easy to follow the concurrent story lines until the [...]


    17. In a future in which travel between alternate realities is possible – in which changes in historical events make a very different present – two travelers become stranded in an America where the Constitution was never ratified, resulting in fractured city-states and a Georgia where politically mandated racism is alive and well.I thought this was an interesting idea, though the writing failed to impress. It tried a little too hard at times to be clever and tongue-in-cheek, and some character r [...]


    18. The Disunited States of America feels like a first draft that didn't quite figure out its story until the final act. Turtledove creates an interesting world--in which the United States has broken up into independent nation states because the Founding Fathers couldn't agree on how to fix the Articles of Confederation, so they simply abandoned the idea of united states--where state-to-state cultural differences are more pronounced and disagreements (major and minor) turn into wars instead of prolo [...]


    19. This book has all the strengths of the previous Crosstime Traffic novels, and fewer of the weaknesses. An alternate timeline closer to the "home timeline" seems to help the author move things along. More time is spent with characters from the alternate timeline, which helps to breathe life into the alternate.While the books dealing with more modern timelines seem to spend less time dwelling on the differences, the comparisons are still made more often than necessary. The book uses into many of t [...]


    20. The Crosstime series is intended for a young adult audience, generally featuring teens traveling between worlds. This fourth volume continues the story with yet another example of things going wrong. In this case, Justin is along for the ride when a war breaks out, in a world in which the United Statesen't united. The Constitution was never ratified, the Articles of Confederation were eventually seen as a toothless farce, and the country split apart. Historically, this is perhaps the most forced [...]


    21. 3.75 stars would be a more accurate rating, but this is the best Turtledove book I've come across in some time. Rather than following a million different characters with indistinguishable names going through the exact same circumstances (just in different places), he gives us two perspectives (to show us the two main angles of this cross-time story) and while they are somewhat stereotypical teens, that is the point. They are normal, albeit from two different timelines. Still, Turtledove cannot s [...]


    22. I did enjoy this story, but not so much that I couldn't put it down. In fact I took a bit break and read another book before finishing it. There are times when the reading experience becomes ‘work’ because of a certain unwieldy feeling to the writing style. Most of the characters also have a superficiality to them that leaves one uninvolved with their experiences. Perhaps this reflects how the author felt while writing it; I did not realise until I logged on to that it was one in a series. [...]


    23. I have to say, I'm not the biggest science fiction reader. It's just not usually my thing. I don't really have a mind for science and I struggled a bit with it as a kid. And I can tell a lot of that kind of affected my experience reading thing. The kind of writing it was, and sometimes the world-building, was sometimes hard for me to get into and follow. A lot of it just wasn't my cup of tea, but sometimes it was kind of slow, too.I do think it could be a good book for those kids who tend to ski [...]


    24. Another solid entry in the parallel world young adult series by Turtledove. In this one, we're taken to a world where the United States successfully rebelled from Britain, but then fell apart, having never adopted a constitution, and instead became a continent made up of individual nation-states that fought and bickered more similar to Europe. The story focuses on a Crosstime agent, Justin, in the State of Virginia who has to deal with war breaking out with Ohio, a bio-engineered plague, being c [...]


    25. I don't usually enjoy books of this style. This one is just so well-written I couldn't help it. Mr. Turtledove makes his point without becoming trite or or tedious. The characters are charming (well, some of them are obnoxious, but they are supposed to be, so they're charming too). I found the plot rather predictable, but without being tiresome. I think the main message of the book is HOPE. There are a million and one reasons to despair, but just a little glimmer of hope, and it's by clinging to [...]


    26. At the end of the book there are "study guide" questions for youth, indicating that it was written to indoctrinate school-aged children that, as Dr. Pangloss said, we live in the best of all possible worlds, after all. You know how you feel when you're cornered by someone obnoxiously spewing politically correct bullshit at you, and your face gets tight from fake smiling and holding still, hoping they'll let loose and go away for easier prey? No, me either, I always bite back, but reading this bo [...]


    27. This book was just too slow to start. The main characters have potential. However, they are both children in the company of adult guardians, and by halfway through the book, neither has really done anything. What action there is takes place "off-stage," and is just reported as news. The main characters just sit around and think about how different things are where they come from. I understand that the author wanted to get that point across, but he spent far too long (with too many repetitions) d [...]


    28. This was a typical Turtledove read, light, quick and reasonably (is that a word?) enjoyable. The one big pet peeve I have about his writing is he'll tell you an in-story fact literally a dozen or more time. One or two times is fine to help the point sink in, but after the 5th or 6th it gets really old and just seems like filler. Like many of his books I've read I found myself skimming alot towards then end just to get finished and to the resolution.


    29. While I found the premise interesting, the characters and situation didn't quite grab me. I hesitate to us the word "formulaic" but the characters certainly felt cookie-cutter to me and I can't really think of a chapter or event that jumped out as memorable to me. I've heard very good things about Turtledove's historical fiction so I'm willing to give it another try but based solely on this one, I'd probably pass on other works.


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