Author: Daniel Price
Publisher: Blue Rider Press, 608 pages
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Without warning, the world comes to an end for Hannah and Amanda Given. The sky looms frigid white. The electricity falters. Airplanes everywhere crash to the ground. But the Givens are saved by mysterious strangers, three fearsome and beautiful beings who force a plain silver bracelet onto each sister’s wrist. Within moments, the sky comes down in a crushing sheet of light and everything around them is gone.
Shielded from the devastation by their silver adornments, the Givens suddenly find themselves elsewhere, a strange new Earth where restaurants move through the air like flying saucers and the fabric of time is manipulated by common household appliances.
Soon Hannah and Amanda are joined by four other survivors from their world—a mordant cartoonist, a shy teenage girl, a brilliant young Australian, and a troubled ex-prodigy. Hunted by enemies they never knew they had and afflicted with temporal abilities they never wanted, the sisters and their companions begin a cross-country journey to find the one man who can save them—before time runs out.
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Words cannot adequately express how much I loved this book. The author expertly weaves together this tale of parallel worlds and normal people who discover they possess temporal abilities. This book has it all. Not only is the world-building impressive and the plot complex and well thought out, but the six main characters are nuanced and well developed with unique personalities. Some of the best dialogue I have read, I have to say. I fell in love with each and every one of these characters. They're flawed, they're hurt, they're reeling from escaping the end of their own world and losing every single person who meant something to them. They form a family, albeit sort of a dysfunctional one, learning about their powers and how to use them, learning about this very different world (there was a Cataclysm in 1912 where this world and our world wildly diverged, affecting technological advancement and leading to the isolationism of the United States from the rest of the world), and fighting different sets of enemies bent on killing them/exploiting them/turning them into test subjects, and not even knowing whether they should trust the people who saved them from their world.
Even though this book is over 600 pages, it wasn't enough. I want more. This is the best book I've read this year. READ IT!!!!
Posted by: Pam