Thursday, May 2, 2013

Book Review: Erasing Time by C.J. Hill

When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that's so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can't go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. Taylor and Sheridan have to find a way out of the city before the government discovers their secrets. To complicate matters, the moblike Dakine has interest in getting hold of them too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in. (From Goodreads)

Best Bits: I absolutely adore Janette Rallison's others books (C.J. Hill is a pseudonym for her), so I had high expectations for this one. Yes, her other books tend to be funny and lighter, but I had a feeling that she could pull off sci-fi elements. She definitely did a good job with the time travel element. The process is believable, but it also doesn't delve too much into the science. Sure, we get a basic understanding of how it works, and that was enough for me...I'm not at the point that I can comprehend grand ideas as it's the end of the semester. There was also quite a twist at the end. I won't reveal it, but I can say that it took me completely by surprise and made me really reflect on what I had read up until that point. When the second book is released in September I will be interested to see what happens. 

Nit Picks: I think that the reason why I didn't rate this one higher was that I didn't connect well with the characters. Typically I'm drawn into Rallison's other characters, and I really care about what happens to them. In this book I just wasn't as interested in this one. I do like the aspect of the main character being a twin, but I guess I was expecting to see more of their relationship and their backstory (there is some of this in the book, but not quite enough for me to really want them to try to find some way to get back home). 

Erasing Time

By C.J. Hill 
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
386 Pages
Rating: C


Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

I love time travelling! It's a shame you couldn't connect to the characters, but the concept of this book is too awesome to ignore. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)


Dazzling Mage said...

I haven't read much on time travel (other than Harry Potter- I know). Anyway, I'm curious about this one, but like you, I need to connect with characters to feel invested in the whole thing.

Great review!

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