The Rant Time-line/Family Tree *MAJOR SPOILERS*
So I've figured some stuffs out about Rant. The kind of things people have been asking about here... So bear with me now...
[SIZE=4]Charlie Chester/Green Taylor Simms[/SIZE]
His story began with Echo's parents. Echo's mother began noticing that many of her co-workers were missing from work. Dying in car accidents, or disappearing. His mother wanted to 'disappear' too,
"Echo Lawrence: My mother called it Reverse Pioneering, to some place where the air was clean and we'd have empty land all around us." (Page 250)
"Tina Something: It's only one of the secret goals in Party Crashing. Most people call it a Flashback. Others called it Reverse Pioneering." (Page 258)
Echo's mom wanted to go back in time. This is why,
"Echo Lawrence: [The] car never slowed as it crossed the centerline. No skid marks proved my mom had tried to break... she'd steered us into another car." (Page 252)
This happened while,
"Chester Casey: Green Taylor Simms is a young man just driving along, an a car coming in the opposite direction, it crossed the centerline without slowing down a hair, and slammed into the man's car."(Page 254)
So instead of Echo's family going back in time, it was Charlie/Green that went back in time.
"Shot Dunyun: ...Green Taylor Simms had somehow fallen into the past some sixty years."(Pages 257-258)
This is where your 'how old is Green' answer is.
"Echo Lawrence: That supposed twenty-three-year-old refugee stuck in the past..."(Page 258)
He was twenty-three when he crashed sixty years back. Meaning by now, by the time Rant turns twenty-three, Green would be eighty-three.
Now, math time - You divide Sixty by Thirteen (the age of each ancestor he raped) you get 4.615.... Approximately four...
Great-grandmother - Hattie
Grandmother - Esther
Mother - Irene
Irene - Rant (Him, new and improved with superhuman powers)
"Shot Dunyun: Sixty years ago, this other Rant Casey got bumped back in time and had to wait his way back to the present, along the way making a few changes."(Page 260)
Who is Charlie Casey/Green Taylor Simms? He is Rant Casey...
"Jarrel Moore: He'd been a traffic-flow engineer for the city and died in a work-related car accident." (Page 175)
His story should kind of follow Rant's story, as where,
"Echo Lawrence: Supposedly, Green Taylor Simms asked Rant to go back in time, to crash in a car accident... Seed more generations of himself."(Pages 259-260)
Where instead of 'seeding more generations' he
"Wallace Boyer:...'arrives about a heartbeat too late to keep a repeat child-molester from raping your wife. And your mother.'" (Page 4)
From there he raises Rant, only he wants Rant to
"Shot Dunyun:... 'Find the truth and hurry back, and maybe you can save your ma from getting attacked by that crazy-insane lunatic...'"
Is this getting any clearer?
The Rant story is what's being told, and in it are the complex stories of Chester and Charlie/Green which in essence [I]are[/I] Rant.
As far as the illogical time-line. Think back to Diary, where the theme was the eternal soul. Now, if you've ever seen the movie 12 Monkeys with Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, the idea of the eternal soul is there too. Following the same principles.
Maybe you knew [I]all[/I] of this already and I just wasted my time explaining this -- but I hope this helps either way
I don't think this book has ANY plot holes, you just have to look carefully. Or re-read. And yeah, there are some contradictions but it was stated even before the first page, "...it's inevitable for them occasionally to contradict eachother."
If I missed anything-- or if something dosent make sense, or maybe I contradicted myself... Tell me -- even if you don't read it all