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Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel
Point of View: First (Alora, Bridger)
Released: June 2nd 2015
Series: Yes! (Untitled 1)
Predictability: 3 out of 5 (Where 1 is totally unpredictable and 5 is I knew what was going to happen way ahead of time.)
My Rating: 8/10 Stars
In the year 2146, Bridger goes to an academy for Time Benders. A month ago his father died, but he was also a Time Bender, so the government won’t tell him anything. His father sends him a message “Save Alora.”
In 2013 Alora is an average teenage girl living with her aunt. Her parents dropped her off as a child with no explanation and she hasn’t seen them sense. She wants to know about them, but her aunt is very secretive.
Time travel and super powers, how could I resist! To say I’m picky about time travel stories is an understatement. And I approve of how Edge of Forever did it! As for powers time bending is obviously used the most, but there’s also space bending (teleporting) and mind reading.
Somehow I didn’t realize that the main character’s father had just died when I requested this book. (A month before the story starts.) I’m glad I can’t bring myself to quit review books, because I really enjoyed it! (And I really didn’t want to read it at first!)
There are times at the beginning where Bridger’s actions may seem irrational, but considering what he’s gone through it’s understandable. I wouldn’t be able to resist trying to save my dad if I had the powers to travel through time and I think that’s ultimately what Bridger wants, to understand why his father died along with why he has to save Alora.
As you can tell there are several mysteries going on. Some were really obvious, but others I didn’t guess.
Everything starts horribly for both of our main characters. The POV shift worked, balancing the intensity of Bridger’s life with Alora’s ordinary life going to school.
There isn’t a ton of world building since Bridger already knows how the world wound up this way, so we mostly get hints. The technology all seemed realistic, though I kept wondering what stuff looked like. So the data thingy goes on your wrist? How big is it? How can it send an image?
There’s also a bit of romance, but no love triangles!
Alora’s picked on a lot in school. I usually avoid books with bullies, but it’s not a main part of the plot here.
I like time travel where you can change the past, but not large events or create a paradox (like in Doctor Who) or where anything you do in the past has already effected your present. (Like in Pern and Harry Potter) Which do you prefer? Or do you not like time travel stories? I don’t care, as long as it makes sense. Once you get into the whole paradox thing (like accidentally killing your grandparent) I get confused.