The Edge of Forever
by Melissa E. Hurst
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
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 hope that there is a sequel set for this book. There is so much to this world that I have yet to discover and desperately want to learn. The Edge of Forever is yet another great YA debut to come out this year that has to be read.
The plot of this story is intricately woven through two times and was crafted wonderfully. Every time I thought I knew what was going on something would happen to change everything. The mystery and thriller elements to this story really helped to elevate some of the more confusing high concept science fiction at play in the novel. I think some people will not enjoy this story for the high concept science fiction that does take some time to get used to in the world building of the story.
The world building was incredible in this story, especially in its subtlety. I loved the kind of X-Men like abilities, mixed with the futuristic world, and human engineering. It was really interesting to see both a culture of historical preservation combined with this weird modern world. One thing I found to be done so well was Melissa Hurst use of original slang. It was very subtle to the point that a reader could read through the sentence and place the "2015" equivalent in its place without much regard to the difference. Wild and fure work in the same connotations as "freaking out" or the four letter f word. I liked how the book went back and forth from the two time periods in dual POV. I think the dual POV was written well, but I did enjoy Alora's story much more than Bridger.
I would love to know what happens next for Alora and Bridger, as well as find out more about this really unique world that Melissa Hurst has created. Conceptually this might not be the book for everyone because the science fiction aspects did take a little bit more time to get into, but as the book progressed it did pick up more. If you are a little hesitant about it being science fiction, I do think fans of contemporary thrillers and mystery would quite enjoy Alora's story. Another 2015 debut that is a must read!
This book just screams Imagine Dragons for me. I think the mix of scifi and contemporary thriller just sets this tone for alternative rock music.
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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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