SYNOPSIS: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.
REVIEW:This was a evenly paced, action packed time traveling story. The action and short chapters will definitely keep you engaged. The changing perspective between Bridger and Alora, was well done and the futuristic society described was cool. Including the idea of Calmer, a abundant anti-anxiety drug. The plot moves nicely and has a good amount of suspense.
But unfortunately the story never gives us quite enough to form deep attachments to the main characters. The term "wild out" is used way too many times to describe a character having a strong reaction to something. I had to mention it because every time I saw it, the context didn't give it a consistent meaning. This didn't really take away from the reading of the book, but to me it's the difference between a good book and a great book.
There was also a bit of slut shaming, where Alora feels slutty just because she has on a short dress. There wasn't alot of this but every time I see this in books for young girls I cringe inside. There are places where not much happens, but those parts of the book don't drag on. The end of the book seemed a bit rushed, but tied up things pretty well and definitely includes some surprises. Overall this was a good read. I believe this is a standalone, but sometimes authors can be persuaded to change that. If there are follow up books to this the author should explore more of what kind of society Bridger is from, since most of the book takes place in 2013.
I received this book in a First Reads Giveaway contest on Goodreads.