Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: Erasing Time by C.J. Hill

By: C.J. Hill
Published By: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: Aug. 28, 2012
Series: Erasing Time (#1)
Pages: 304
Genre: Science Fiction
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: ALA
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads Summary: In this high-action and romantic futuristic adventure, there is no escape from the future for two contemporary girls pulled out of their own time.

When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that’s so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can’t go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The moblike Dakine fights against the government, and somehow Taylor and Sheridan find themselves in the middle. The only way to elude them all is to trust Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.

I've been making an effort to give more sci-fi books a try, and this synopsis sounded intriguing. With time travel, a post-apocalyptic setting, and of course some romance, Erasing Time was a quick, enjoyable read.

Sheridan and Taylor might be twins, but that doesn't mean they're exactly alike. Sheridan loves English and literature, while Taylor is into science. For the most part, they lead their own lives. But when they find themselves pulled 400 years into the future, Sheridan and Taylor have to band together to keep out of danger. Fortunately Echo, a wordsmith who specializes in the language of their time, is willing to help them. But the more Sheridan learns about Echo, the more she wonders if she can trust him. Does he really want to help them, or is he working for the Dakine who fight against the government? And can Sheridan and Taylor find a way out of the city before it's too late?

Erasing Time might seem to be a book about time travel, but it is much more than that. Time travel is only a small part of this book, and the way it is used is different than I've seen in other books. I appreciated that there was enough science to make the time travel believable, but not so much as to be needlessly confusing. Science continued to play a big role in navigating the future, and I have to say that I was jealous of Echo's computigating abilities. I also enjoyed seeing how C.J. Hill depicted the future, especially the language. Echo and those in the future speak a new English - which allows Sheridan and Taylor to create a "code" using twenty-first century slang. There are also religious and literary references throughout. Everything is so well integrated that the future seems real, and I had to keep reading to know what being in the future meant for Sheridan and Taylor.

However, even though this book always kept my interest and was a quick read, it was definitely a world-building book. At times things seemed stagnant or like only the bare minimum happened. Although there are great interactions between the sisters, I wish that there had been more between Sheridan and Echo as the story went along. I had expected more to happen in this book, but now I have things to anticipate.

If Erasing Time is any indication, this promises to be a good trilogy. I am looking forward to reading the next book!

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