Author: Cristin Terrill
Release Date: September 3, 2013
The book follows Em and Finn as they travel back in time to try and stop the creation of the very time machine that they just used – and to stop the collapse of the world that has occurred because of it. They travel back four years, and we see the past both through Em’s eyes and through Marina’s (Marina is Em in the past).
- Time travel can sometimes be confusing! This is a general issue with books that involve time travel – the paradoxes, etc. can give you a headache – but I think that Terrill did a better job than most at making it all make sense. I was still a tiny bit confused about how the ending worked out the way it did (though I was able to come up with some ideas), but overall, I actually think I understood this one!!
- Slightly vague world building in some parts. I was sometimes a bit unclear about what exactly Em and Finn were saving the world from. I got that because of the time machine the US had turned into a military state, some people had been killed and that someone had done something to the European money system, but I never quite got a clear picture of it all. This might have just been me though!
- Em and Marina’s perspectives. I think the thing that I loved most about this book was the juxtaposition of Em and Marina’s perspectives. They saw things very differently. Marina’s view of the world was so incredibly naive – she had no idea about the hardships and betrayals that were coming her way (if Em didn’t manage to change her future). All she knew was that she was utterly and hopelessly in love with a boy who might or might not have loved her back – and that she wanted to help him through an incredibly difficult time in his life. Marina was a bit spoiled and self-absorbed, and it was really interesting to see how her character had developed in the four years that it took before she became Em. Em, on the other hand, knew how bleak the world would get and she knew exactly how it got that way. She knew that huge sacrifices would have to be made in order to save the world from the future she’d lived – and she worried constantly about the impact that her sacrifices would make on the younger Marina. Seeing the world from both of these perspectives made the book so exciting – you just wanted to shake Marina and tell her that things were not as they seemed!!
- Self-sacrifice. A major theme in this book was self-sacrifice. Em and Finn go back to the past knowing that, if they succeed at their task, they will wipe themselves out of existence. Granted, they’ve lived a pretty miserable existence for the past few years, but you would think that self-preservation would come into play. But Em and Finn both agree that they have to save the world – and the past versions of themselves – from the fate they have endured at any cost. And the cost is substantial – not only will they be wiped out of existence, but they have to do something that tears them apart on an emotional level. The sacrifice that they make is HUGE. Plus, there is at least one other MAJOR sacrifice that takes place in the book – can’t spoil it though!!
- Finn. Once again, I loved seeing both the past and future versions of Finn. He’s got to be one of my new favorite book boyfriends – his humble upbringing, the way that he took care of his mom and his future self’s love for Em combined with his snarky attitude to make pretty much the perfect boy in my opinion. LOVE him!! I was definitely Team Finn all the way (though I don’t see how you could be anything else, really – any Team James fans out there?)