Top positive review
Smart, intriguing but slightly flawed time-travel novel
on 30 March 2015
I really enjoyed this book. It has all the ingredients for a great YA novel: a strong central character, lots of character growth and development, a love triangle, important moral decisions, intriguing world-building, and some twists and turns. It also has a fascinating time travel aspect, and the twin timelines/perspectives of Em and Marina are a great way to tell the story.
I felt Em/Marina and Finn were great characters, and I really grew to care about them. James, the third central character, was also very interesting, though I didn't always feel the differences between past James and future James were quite believable. The pace kept up well throughout, and I was always anxious to know what happened next.
I only have a couple of complaints. Firstly, I would have actually liked it to be longer, to read some more about Em and Finn's previous missions, perhaps to have a plotline with another version of Em. Secondly, the ending is not great. I don't think it makes sense at all, even taking into account the laws regarding paradoxes that are set up in the rest of the book. There was an opportunity for a really powerful ending here, and I think the author wimped out a bit.