The Edge of Forever
Melissa E. Hurst
Sky Pony Press
June 2nd 2015
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In 2013: Sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.
In 2146: Seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.
And that someone is named Alora.
Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.
I had a bit of trouble getting into Alora's part of the story, at first. I liked her best friend, Sela, her aunt Grace and their life at the B&B but I wasn't really pulled into her life. The introduction to Bridger was nice. We got to see how time travel worked in 2146, meet his friends, find out about his father, and have everything set into motion.
Once Alora was mentioned to Bridger and he worked to find out why he was supposed to save her - and from what - and once Alora's blackouts started happening, things got more interesting. I was looking forward to seeing how the two characters stories would intersect.
I liked that there was some focus on Bridger's family life, the loss of his father and what his family is like now and on Alora's desire to uncover why she came to live with her aunt, what happened to her parents. Even if none of it had played into the larger story, I liked getting to know the characters better and the interactions it brought between Bridger and Alora.
The more twisty and turny the mystery of what would happen to Alora, why Bridger was supposed to save her, if he even could and if he could without destroying his life and future became, the more the story pulls you in.
The time travel of The Edge of Forever is nicely done. I like that there's a Department of Temporal Affairs, that time travel is used for both education and for virtual reality life games. There were one of two questions I had on how it worked that weren't answered until later in the story, but other than that it made sense.
The differences in the present (well 2013) and future were handled well,with interesting things being noticed by Bridger. I did wonder if he should have had a bit more of an adjustment to the different century, though.
I really like how all of the different elements of the characters stories and lives played into the mystery and how it all came together was great. I hope there's some sort of sequel so that we can find out what happens next and get more explanations, as well.
Logan Lerman as Bridger
Perrie Edwards as Alora and as Vika
The 100's Jasper & Monty as Zed and Elijah
"It's not fair. I just want to remember my parents,. I'm sick of feeling like a freak, living as a ghost of a person." -Alora, end of Chapter 10
I like it because it gives some insight into how Alora feels but mostly because Bridger calls the people he sees in the past 'ghosts' and I like the symmetry.
Melissa lives in the southern US with her husband and three kids. She writes YA science fiction and fantasy, which means she considers watching Star Trek and Firefly as research. She dreams of traveling around the world and maybe finding Atlantis one day. You can usually find her with a book in one hand and a Dr. Pepper in the other. Or consuming lots of chocolate.
THE EDGE OF FOREVER is her debut novel.
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