Margot Mifflin
August 20, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Minus Time

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Catherine Bush
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Advertised as a Generation X- style first novel, Minus Time addresses much broader concerns than the anomie of the slacker set. Helen Urie lives in a future world of technological chaos and environmental disaster where everyone has a cause, but no one has a solution. Her nuclear family falls apart when her astronaut mother blasts off for a year in space, her father disappears into earthquake-relief work, and Helen goes in search of herself by trying on a secret identity. Minus Time describes an apocalyptic future that isn’t so different from our own, which is what makes it so strangely compelling. B+

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