As you may have noticed, I'm a sucker for time travel books. But I really like them to be well thought out, plotted well, and have characters I care about. This one has all of those requirements and much more.
Here is your quickie synopsis:
Em must travel back in time to prevent a catastrophic time machine from ever being invented, while Marina battles to prevent the murder of the boy she loves.
This is one of those books where spoilers can ruin the experience, so I'll tread lightly. The book begins with Em in a prison cell for unknown reasons, next door to an unknown boy with whom she has daily conversations in between being interrogated and tortured. Right away, the plot sucked me in. Em breaks out with the boy, Finn, in the cell next to her. They go back in time to murder a man who is apparently responsible for making the world a horrifying mess.
The story is told masterfully in two time periods concurrently. This is one of those types of novels that can become a mess really easily. In other books, I get bored by one of the narrators and flip ahead or skip big sections. Not here. both points of view are so intriguing, I did not want to miss a word of it. The author did a brilliant job of keeping the plot tight, clear, and action-packed. There were scenes so brilliantly written that I felt I was watching an action movie.
As much as the plot stood out, the characters are wonderful too. Em and her friend have gone back in time over and over to try to prevent the villain from ruining the world. They are faced with an emotional decision for this last attempt. I felt Em's anguish. I felt her confusing love for two very different guys. All of the main characters are rich and complete.
This is one of the best books I've read this year! You should read this one as soon as you can get your hands on it. You won't be disappointed.
If this is Cristin Terrill's first novel, as it appears to be, I'm truly looking forward to more from her! Check out the book trailer below: