Friday, 21 August 2015

Review: The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst

The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Released: June 2nd 2015
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads

In 2013: Sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.

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.
(from Goodreads)

I was a little bit wary about starting The Edge of Forever, as I had recently read a time travel book which turned out to be a cheesy sap-fest with no explanation for how the time travel was actually happening. Luckily, The Edge of Forever was not like that at all and I actually really enjoyed it.

The Edge of Forever was told from two POVs: Bridger’s and Alora’s. I actually liked both of them a lot, though I did find Bridger’s a bit more interesting at times because he was from the future so I liked seeing all the differences between his world and our present day one. They were both interesting characters and they both had their own problems to deal with. Alora was suffering from random blackouts: she would start off in one location and then suddenly wake up somewhere completely different with no memory of how she got there. She was unsurprisingly alarmed by this and was desperate to find out what was wrong with her. I do think though that in real life, a person suffering from these sorts of blackouts would probably tell someone about them. Alora didn’t want to tell her aunt because she was worried about money and how much it would all cost for her to be examined etc. but even if that were the case, it seemed unrealistic to just keep it a complete secret. What was happening was really serious, she had no idea what what was going on, or if these blackouts were dangerous enough to kill her. Personally, I wouldn’t like to risk my life in that way. That aside, Alora was also searching for information about her father. Her aunt refused to tell her anything about him and Alora knew that something wasn’t right - why had he left her on his aunt’s doorstep all those years ago? To be honest, the secret behind her father wasn’t too hard to guess, though there were some unexpected things which were cool, and I liked how determined Alora was. She was already dealing with a lot of crap (ugh Trevor) but she was not willing to give up on this. It was a testament to her character that she kept trying to find out what happened even when it seemed like she’d reached a dead end, and she was never going to get any answers. 

Bridger was from a future where time-travel was possible, but where strict rules had to be followed before it could be done. Bridger, however, decided to ignore these rules, because he too was looking for information about his father and was trying to find out how he died on his last time-travel mission. After ending up in 2013 and meeting Alora, Bridger knew that she was the key to everything. He knew why she seemed to be blacking out, but he had no idea why his dad was also concerned about Alora. It was his dad that led him to find her, but Bridger was now stuck in 2013 with no way of getting back to his own time without being arrested, and no way to help Alora without telling her everything about where he came from - which she would never believe. He was also still dealing with the death of his girlfriend Vika - who looked very much like Alora. Which to me, was probably the weirdest part of the book. I mean, I did actually like the romance between Bridger and Alora, I thought they were sweet together and it wasn’t all insta-lovey and dramatic. But the fact that Alora looked so much like Vika was really weird. You could never really know if that’s what drew Bridger to Alora in the first place, and it was just kind of odd.

Plot-wise, while the explanation for time-travel could have been more developed (it was due to genetics in this universe), I liked that there at least was an actual explanation, and that there were rules established that you had to follow in order to safely time-travel. It at least made sense and it was interesting to see how society in future had changed because of this. In terms of what happened in the story, as mentioned previously, some things were easy to guess, but this wasn’t really a negative, and there were some things that I did not expect which definitely made the ending a lot more exciting.

Overall, I enjoyed The Edge of Forever a lot and will be reading the sequel. Recommended if you like books about time-travel! 

3 comments:

  1. This one sounds pretty good. Maybe a tad unbelievable but nothing that the awesome story line couldn't fix. I'll have to add it to my tbr list.

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  2. Nice review, thanks for sharing! I'm glad you found this one better than your last adventure with a time travel novel. haha That's weird that Alora looked like Bridger's ex - probably could have left that part out, but who knows? Maybe it's important somehow later! hah Sounds good though!

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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  3. SO excited to see this one got a good rating from you! I'm excited to read it and recently received it for review, so I'm glad to hear great things about it! I love the sound of both characters, and as much as I love time travel books, I'm usually am pretty forgiving of whatever explanation and science the author puts behind it (hello, I adore Doctor Who lol) as long as the story is good. :) Great review, Liz!

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