Nov 28, 2013J.h. Walker
She’s sixteen. He’s seventeen. They don’t know each other…at least not yet.
She has a secret and her whole life revolves around keeping it. Every few months and with little warning, she simply disappears, pulled into the past for hours or even days. She’s terrified it will happen in front of someone, changing her life forever. So far, the only witnesses have been her parents, and that didn’t end well. She has no control over it and no idea why it happens to her.
She wants answers.
He has answers—at least he understands what’s going on. He has a secret, too. He’s part of an organization that goes back in time to rewrite reality. But he also has a problem. He broke the organization’s number-one rule by altering his own timeline. As punishment, he’s been blocked from time travel, which is most unfortunate. Because the changes he made to his timeline, accidentally resulted in disaster for his family. A disaster he’s now prevented from repairing. No one can travel beneath the organization’s radar except a Shadow. But they’re rare, so rare he’s never even met one.
Then he moves to her town.
What would you do if you were given the chance to change history? Would you change it? Would it improve? Or would it just get worse?
Constantine is a 17 year old Editor, at least he used to be… Until he violated the Prime Dictate: that one must not make alterations to their own timeline. His decisions unravel into costly mistakes, both in his ability to alter time and in the aspects of his own life on general. In an attempt for both redemption and as a getaway from the reminders of his wrongdoing, Constantine relocates to a whole new city. There he meets A.J, the girl who could turn out to be the one instrument he needed in order to correct his mistakes.
A.J is sixteen and invisible. At least, she has six rules for herself to keep her as invisible as she possibly can. For A.J’s life has been far from ordinary… Ever since she was a baby, she’s had the tendency to just… Disappear. To pop away only to return in the same spot a few moments after. It was this abnormality that eventually lead to the loss of her mother, and it has been something that she has tried to keep quiet about for her whole life. So when the mysterious new guy comes around and can somehow perfectly explain her capabilities… What is a girl to do other than listen?
J.H Walker’s Rewrite Redemption was very, very, very good. While I’ve read my fair share of sci-fi/time travel books this year, this is definitely one of the more fresh and creative takes on it. I have always been critical with the usage of more than one POV, but for Rewrite Redemption it flows really well. I liked how A.J and Constantine’s stories, both separate and together, unraveled as the story progressed. I liked that the development of their relationship was pretty gradual and I thought that both characters, as well as Ipod and Lex, were realistic and relatable.
While others may write off Rewrite Redemption as not worth their time whether for the genre or the lack of big-name publisher, I wholeheartedly disagree. For A.J and Constantine’s stories were much more than that of time travel or love or even loss. Their stories encompass so many aspects of human life. Confusion over being separate from the norm. Making a decision and having it backfire horribly on you. Living with the guilt of negatively affecting the lives of another. All these things are emotions and feelings that we deal with everyday, and Walker has included them in this world, effectively separating her story from the countless other time travel books.
In Rewrite Redemption, J.H Walker has created a world of remorse, isolation, sacrifice… And maybe even finding love in a time and place where you least expect it. And it works. Really, really well. I will definitely be looking at any future works that the author plans on releasing. So for readers of YA and science fiction, who enjoy aspects of contemporary as well, I wholeheartedly recommend Rewrite Redemption.
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