Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on July 5th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: the author
When sixteen-year-old Sam Rayner moves abroad with his family, he is forced to leave behind everyone and everything he holds dear. As he struggles to settle in his new surroundings, Sam thinks his situation cannot get any worse, however a shocking terrorist attack turns his world on its head.
After suffering a traumatic brain injury, he wakes up in hospital to discover that he has developed seizures during which he slips into the body of a past or future self. Can Sam and his friends somehow defeat the sinister forces that want to use his powers for their own ends? Can they manage to save Sam’s family from violent deaths that are already in the past – and, maybe also, win the girl he loves – by turning back the pages of time?
Disclaimer: We received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects our opinion of the book.
DNF @ 2%
You know how you can pick up a book and just know it won’t work for you? Yeah. That happened here. Nothing worked for me. Nothing made sense. The sister was just an extreme mess, and I find it hard to believe that, after what she did years before, she wouldn’t have had a psych evaluation. It didn’t help that there was too much unnecessary detail.
Maybe it should become standard practice for authors to send the first 10-15 pages along with review requests, as I would have said no to this opportunity if I’d read that. Sorry, but this just wasn’t for me…
DNF @ 6%
Y-I-K-E-S. I went into this one anticipating it to be pretty good since some people I am friends with on Goodreads have enjoyed it but I could barely get through the first page without wondering what was happening. This one tries to start off with the “INTENSE SCENE” then FLASHBACK thing, but it just does not work in this case and it made me feel more confused than interested in learning what happened. But I soldiered on and was even more confused by the “conflict” and the move to America storyline, which was obviously just a catalyst for whatever the plot was. We are then introduced to Sam’s sister, Chrissie, who is depicted as literally a psychopath and I was cautious but thought maybe I could stomach that. But then I came across this beauty:
His father turned to leave, flabby white buttocks wobbling with each step. He stopped in the doorway, farted loudly and said, “Happy birthday,” before slamming the door behind him.
and I knew this book was not for me. I did read on a bit further than this and thought that I could maybe push on but then I decided it wasn’t for me. I’m not sure I would recommend this one, tbh. It might be interesting but I was mostly just confused and uninspired by the characters.