The Revisionists is not an uplifting novel, but it’s over-flowing with social meditations. It is set in Washington, D.C., the present time, but one of the central characters is from the future, the “Perfect Present,” which might not be as perfect as it seems at first blush. There are twists that are telegraphed, and others that surprised me.
The central characters’ lives eventually twist together, and they are all intriguing individuals: Zed, a “Protector,” has been sent back in time to ensure the “Perfect Future” occurs; Tasha, a new lawyer employed by an influential firm, discovers something disturbing in her company’s correspondence; Leo, a former government intelligence data-analyst, was fired and was forced to enter the public world of intelligence-contracting; and Sari, an Indonesian woman held in virtual-slavery by a frightening Korean couple (the husband is a diplomat in Washington, his wife has a dark past).
The author, Thomas Mullen, peels back the many layers of social challenges, focusing on ethics (does the end justify the means?), politics, race, individuality, and conspiracy.
The novel is steeped in science fiction elements; nevertheless, it may not be science fiction at all.
It is not for everyone, but if you’re searching for something different and something literate, challenging, and thought-provoking, give it a try.