I normally avoid books that deal with time travel because I tend to have a lot of issues with how its portrayed, but the first few pages of this book were dark and well-written and convinced me to give it a go. I mostly enjoyed this but did have a few issues, so I’ll do some lists and get the negatives out of the way first.
Things I Disliked:
– The book felt long. Maybe just too much description for me.
– The plot didn’t have a solid goal, and I tend to get impatient with plots like that. But in the end, it made sense why the author started and ended where she did. It was basically one turning point in the main character’s life to another turning point.
– Some of Em’s decisions frustrated me. They were believable, but they weren’t the decisions I’d have made, and I kind of wanted to shake her and tell her not to do that.
– Em used the word ‘cripple’ to refer to someone in a wheelchair a couple times. It’s believable that someone would say that, but I’m not sure it was necessary to the story.
– There were a couple things about the time travel that didn’t quite make sense to me.
Things I Liked:
– This book was dark. I like dark. But it wasn’t hopelessly dark.
– The characters were realistic, complex, and imperfect. And their relationships were imperfect, both the romance and the sister relationship.
– While there were a couple things that bothered me about the time travel, I was able to just roll with this version because I liked how the author explored the potential consequences and ramifications of such a society, one that allows citizens to travel back in time and do things differently, but with rules and regulations.
– The time travel also made the book thought-provoking. It made me think about whether I would amend if I could, exactly when I’d go back to, what I’d change, what I’d put in my letter. It also made me think about how different society and life would be if people could amend. Would anything you do really matter? Chances are it would just be amended by someone eventually since people were constantly turning back time. That would be an unsettling way to live. And if people were constantly turning time back, how would society move forward? Would the benefits of being able to amend really outweigh the negatives? I love when books make me think.
– I’m not sure if this will be part of a series. The way it ended felt like closure, but then one little thing happened that created an opening for the story to continue, and it seems like the author might still have more in mind.
Although I did have some issues, I thought this was a good story with a unique premise, and I really enjoyed how dark and thought-provoking it was!
Anyone who likes time travel, dark books, thought-provoking books, and imperfect characters.