Author: C.K. Kelly Martin
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 84% or B
Buy It: Amazon
My Thoughts::THEN: The formation of the UNA, the high threat of eco-terrorism, the mammoth rates of unemployment and subsequent escape into a world of virtual reality are things any student can read about in their 21st century textbooks and part of the normal background noise to Freya Kallas's life. Until that world starts to crumble.NOW: It's 1985. Freya Kallas has just moved across the world and into a new life. On the outside, she fits in at her new high school, but Freya feels nothing but removed. Her mother blames it on the grief over her father's death, but how does that explain the headaches and why do her memories feel so foggy? When Freya lays eyes on Garren Lowe, she can't get him out of her head. She's sure that she knows him, despite his insistence that they've never met. As Freya follows her instincts and pushes towards hidden truths, the two of them unveil a strange and dangerous world where their days may be numbered. Unsure who to trust, Freya and Garren go on the run from powerful forces determined to tear them apart and keep them from discovering the truth about their shared pasts (and futures), her visions, and the time and place they really came from.
This book captured my interest after reading only half of the description. I was a little confused as well but I was way passed curious enough to try and read it. Plus it looked like another dystopian like read, and I still can not get enough of those!
Like I said, the plot was a bit confusing until you're about halfway through the book. Then when you know whats going on, more questions are thrown at you to be curious and confused about. This made the book both interesting and frustrating. But more than that, it puts you into the heads of the two main characters. They are wondering about the same things that we are so we're able to get a sense of how they are feeling and their confusion.
Books that deal with time travel are amazing and usually fun to read. I say usually because it is easy for the author to make mistakes. As a fan of fiction having to do with time travel, I'm able to spot these things, as I'm sure many other readers are able to do as well. It really takes you out of the book when you notice a huge plot flaw that undermines all the author wants you to believe. Thankfully, Martin didn't take huge risks and I stayed along for the ride. There were no mistakes that I noticed.
Martin built up a great world in the past and in the future. She definitely found her footing in the YA dystopian realm. I can not wait to read any sequel that comes after this. The characters were engaging and the book was full of action and conspiracies. If this book sounds at all like something you'd like, do yourself a favor and read it!