While reading chapters one through thirteen of Jarett Kobek’s extremely cynical novel, I noticed something. Everything was in past tense. At first, I dismissed the was’s and were’s, but then it struck me on page 62 when he begins explaining what was known as sports. I did not pay attention when Kobek talked about Adeline using the past tense because what happened to Adeline may have been in the past. I even ignored when he explained various social media and internet features using the past tense. Why? Because the internet is forever changing and some of the things he mentioned before page 62 were actually a part of the past. It hit me with sports, something that has been around since ancient civilizations. Now, according to the tense Kobek uses, they are gone. Then, he mentioned how it was the Twenty-First Century. Technology changes every day. We are at the beginning of the Twenty-First Century, it is very difficult to imagine the technological advances that will happen when it is over. However, Kobek takes this perspective and decides to critique what once existed, although he is writing these critiques as these platforms still exist. This choice of past tense is an interesting idea, and as the story of the novel continues I hope he makes predictions about the future through telling the reader what already happened.