Evan’s ESS = 10 out of 10
Erin’s ESS = 5 out of 10
Content = PG-13 (Language, Violence, Adult Concepts, Overuse of the Word “Core”)
This is easily our favorite Michael Crichton book, which is saying something (we’re not sure exactly what it says, but there you have it). Crichton does a marvelous job taking an insanely complex time-travel concept and explaining it easily for anyone who doesn’t have a doctorate in Multiverse theory. Timeline also gets a few extra bonus points for one of the most satisfying endings without going all Kingsbury-ish. What we mean by this is that the end is tied up quite nicely, yet not in a “we all made grave after school special mistakes but we learned from them and now we’re living happily-ever-after” kind of ending. (We apologize most humbly and profusely to those that LOVE Karen Kingsbury).