Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
Published by Disney Hyperion on Sept 3, 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Time Travel, YA
Format: Audiobook from YA Sync
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What would you change?
Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.
Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.
Marina has loved her best friend, James, since they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it... at least, not as the girl she once was. Em and Marina are in a race against time that only one of them can win.
This was a very unique time travel story that had dual narratives: the present Em and the past Marina. At first, these two characters seem completely different, and it’s only through following the story that you learn how sweet, naive Marina turned into tough, strong Em. It was a remarkable transformation, and yet very believable, given the events she went through.
Marina/Em is not the only great character. Each of the characters in the story had a depth and development that felt very fulfilling. Finn was such a sweet guy, and there were many instances where his kind nature is revealed through his actions, without the other characters really noticing. It makes you wonder how much of a person’s behaviour you don’t see when you’re close to them, that maybe a neutral observer would observe.
The most amazing thing about the story was the theory behind the time travel and the way paradox was prevented. The idea that time is sentient and prevents paradoxes by fixing key events was something I’ve never heard of before. It was explained in a way that made sense, and helped make time travel a believable phenomenon.
Overall, this was a very thrilling story that presented a unique theory behind time travel. It was a fast moving adventure that still managed to focus on the characters. The story itself felt complete, but with a part two scheduled for release later this year, I’m interested to dive back into the world and its characters.