Title: How To Stop Time
Author: Matt Haig
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 2018
Have you ever thought how nice it would be to have a longer life or maybe even to live forever? In How to Stop Time by Matt Haig this is exactly the situation Tom Hazard is facing. By all appearances Tom is a normal 40 year old man, but in reality he is over 400 years old having been born in 1581. At a young age his aging slowed to that of one year for every fifteen due to a rare condition only unofficially known as anageria.
As the years went by people began to notice that he was not aging and became suspicious. He learned of The Albatoss Society, a secret society designed to help protect those with the condition stay safe and in hiding. Every eight years the society provides members with a new life and identity so they can start fresh. However everything comes with a price and over the years this has taken a toll on Tom.
Tom decided he wanted to return home to London for his newest re-location to become a history teacher since he had seen and experienced so much in his life. I really enjoyed this part of the story because there are a few parts where he slips up and almost blows his cover. He is teaching a class of modern day students with more interest in their phones than in history, but he is able to bring so much life and detail into the class that they fall in love with the subject.
This story is told from Tom’s point of view in the present day looking back into his past. He slowly reveals the story of his life and we get to know him little by little. The novel has sad, humorous, and historical aspects all rolled into one and I really enjoyed the read.
If given the opportunity at a longer life would you take it? Personally, I would not want it because I would not want to spend forever without my friends and family.
Thank you to NetGalley and Viking for the advanced copy for this book in exchange for an honest review.