Portal Book Summary and Study Guide

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Joseph Turner is a talented physicist who creates the TMD, Temporal Manipulation Device, the world's first working time machine. He has a hidden motive: fifteen years ago, he had made a mistake that cost him the love of his life, so now he wants to go back and change things, change the past.
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Joseph is so eager to save the woman he loves that he tests the machine before it is ready for testing, despite the fact that the first time-traveler - a rabbit - had been found dead upon its return. At first, Joseph's attempt appears to have been successful: he comes back from his short trip to the past, and he comes back alive. However, as his personality begins to change, it becomes clear that something went wrong.

What follows is a fascinating combination of industrial espionage, assassination attempts, a touching love story, and one man's desperate quest to change the past.

"Portal" is Book 1 of a trilogy, so there are some loose ends, definitely left on purpose to be taken care of later.
The review of this Book prepared by Laura Southcombe

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 50%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Time Travel:    -   largely backwards/past Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius


Earth setting:    -   general past    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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