– by Robyn Nyx
*The following commentary applies to ALL 3 Books, “Escape in Time,” “Change in Time,” and “Death in Time” in The Extractor Trilogy.*
I finally decided to dive into Robyn Nyx‘s much-talked-about The Extractor Trilogy after contemplating for much too long because…. Time travel. Yes, I have a complicated relationship with this subject matter in fiction, be it in books or on-screen, for the longest time. I read a lot of non-fiction science books, in particular, those related to quantum physics/mechanics and its subsets, the many theories and hypotheses, mathematical proofs. Obviously, the most popular question when dealing with this highly debated subject matter has always been time travel. But I’d been let down previously because they all ended up using the same old, tired “Back to the Future” method which I can’t accept in me head! I’ve been searching for a good time travel book in fiction that at least tries to venture into a more updated, more probable theory, specifically in quantum physics that relates to current hot topics amongst the science/astrophysics community, i.e. multiverse/parallel universes, string theory, quantum entanglement, etc. Nyx’s Trilogy sounded, based on its blurbs, very intriguing and me curiosity was definitely piqued when I first found out about it. I resisted. But I kept going back to read the reviews on GR. Highly rated and reviewed but none of them touched on the “science” part of time travel in the books. So I was still wary of disappointment yet again. Then one day, for no reason at all, I just felt compelled to read The Extractor Trilogy. So I followed me instincts. Thank Christ I did because…let’s just say, I ended up binge-reading all three of them at lightning speed! It was abso-bloody-lutely a THRILL to ride the journey! The methodology of Nyx’s time travel, whilst still clinging to the way that cannot beat the grandfather’s paradox, but did expand into something like the multiverse theory (albeit only indicated, at least in me own interpretation, not mentioned directly) and a couple of possibilities that I could accept on face value so in the end, I could forego some others, which “troubled” me, (I know, I’m one crazy nerd!) through a bit of suspension of disbelief on me part. This made me reading experience infinitely more exciting and fun (because I didn’t have to reject the notion every 5 minutes like I used to when I read the others that let me down!).
The Extractor Trilogy, comprised of “Escape in Time” (Book 1), “Change in Time” (Book 2) and “Death in Time” (Book 3), is about a group of time travellers trained by a highly secretive, non-governmental private organisation, Pulsus, to go back in time to change specific events in order to influence the future (the present time depicted in the books) by neutralising or moving the person(s) responsible. Each “jump” is usually led by 2 teams: first team comprising of Operatives (responsible for scouting the targets locales and establishing positions before the 2nd team arrives, which takes a bit of time with every mission, days/weeks/months or even years) and the 2nd team led by an Extractor, charged with the mission of neutralising/moving the human target(s).
The Extractor Trilogy is one EPIC story spanning all 3 books. I see it as a 3-act story structure, so to speak – Act I = “Escape“; Act II = “Change,” and finally Act III = “Death.”
Escape — Change — Death
Beautiful and poetic, innit?
(well, you’ll see what I mean when you read the entire series)