Rewind (William Sleator novel)

Rewind is a science fiction novel written in 1999 by William Sleator. It explores maturity and self confidence.

Plot summary

The main character is Peter, an 11-year-old boy. The stage is first set at his funeral, where he recalls that he was killed by his neighbor's car. Then he hears a mysterious voice. It tells Peter that he has a chance to go back to any moment before his death and alter the events, therefore preventing the catastrophe.

He attempts to save himself by putting sugar in the car that was destined to kill him. However, a taxi hits him instead. Luckily, he is given another chance. He tries again by trying to impress his parents, preventing the quarrel that drove him out. Unfortunately, he dies yet again by a truck.

Against all odds he is given one last chance. This time, he changes his strategy. With his knowledge of the future, he manages to save himself.

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