Aug 17, 2015
Author: Melissa E. Hurst
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Overall: 3 out of 5
In 2013: Sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.
In 2146: Seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.
And that someone is named Alora.
Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.
This book started off with a fantastic and intriguing premise, but the execution lacked some style. Alora was kind of annoying for most of the book. She just kept freaking out over everything and she was pretty weak. It constantly felt like she was blaming others for the problems around her, and granted she was kept in the dark but it was so incredibly juvenile that I just couldn’t stand it. These same issues carried over to Bridger although he at least tried to act like he was more mature. Bridger seemed to have a better grasp of the world around him, and his biggest issue was he was grieving for his dad which made his actions a little bit more bearable.
There was definitely a mystery/thriller aspect to this book since there is someone trying to kill Alora (in the synopsis, no spoiler). I did end up being pretty surprised by who it was, since this person seemed like a non-issue. I will say that it was one part of the book that was extremely well done, especially because I really thought I had the killer pegged.
The world building was okay, but it lacked some of the definition of other series. Description is incredibly important when writing time travel or science fiction of any kind. It felt like that was lacking in this book. There was also a lack of real character building, all of the characters including Alora and Bridger seemed very two-dimensional and as such it took quite a long time for me to finish this book. I am glad I did, but it very much read like the author’s debut novel and it is! I expect that with more books Melissa E Hurst will get better and better. I would give this book a solid 3 stars. It definitely had its opportunities, but it was interesting and intriguing despite them. I would recommend it for fans of time travel and mystery/thrillers.
3/5 – Worth Reading
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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