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Author: Janet B Taylor
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group, HMH Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: March 1st, 2016
I’m a Doctor Who loving reader, so when I had the chance to read this novel which purports to be targeted at teens and young adults, I just couldn’t resist. This takes the theory of time travel in a new to me way, complete with scientific hypotheses, Tesla effects and lay lines. It is a story in which new theories are suggested in a logical, reasoned, manner, where historic events are witnessed live by folks from our time as well as the past. It is a story where only by overcoming personal phobias and fears will the main character, Hope Walton, have any chance of helping her adoptive mother return to her own time.
This is a well though out story with plenty of historical information, scientific theories and drama. It has mysteries galore, new friends to be made and dangers to be faced. I found the pace inconsistent so whilst the plot is totally engaging the implementation wasn’t quite as much. It is a definitely different take on the time travel adventure and will also appeal to those who wish to learn more about this particular era as it is packed with pertinent references.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“Seventy-two hours, then we have to be back at the clearing. Sunrise on the third day.”
Being “the homeschooled girl,” in a small town, Hope Walton’s crippling phobias and photographic memory don’t help her fit in with her adoptive dad’s perfectly blonde Southern family. But when her mother is killed in a natural disaster thousands of miles from home, Hope’s secluded world crumbles. After an aunt she’s never met invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic. She’s a member of a secret society of time travelers, and is actually trapped in the twelfth century in the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Now Hope must conquer her numerous fears and travel back in time to help rescue her mother before she’s lost for good. Along the way, she’ll discover more family secrets, and a mysterious boy who could be vital to setting her mother free… or the key to Hope’s undoing.
Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.
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