- Publisher: JLBryanbooks.com
- Publication date: 7/22/2013
- Source: eARC provided by the author for review
A new dystopian novel from the author of Jenny Pox - coming July 26.
They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.
By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.
As burned out from dystopians I am, I am a fan of this author and of course wanted to read his latest book. Also, add in the time travel which always intrigues me and I was excited! This was really great. I loved the time travel aspect of it and how even though it's set in 2013 mostly, that is the past for Raven. It was also easy to follow and not confusing at all. Raven was a very strong MC, but more than that, I loved her values and what was really important to her in the end, no matter what has happened. This story was engaging in every way. The characters, the settings, and the plot were all done very well. Oh, and the opening chapter is just awesome and sucks you in immediately.
Raven is all of the sudden in 2013 and doesn't remember how or why she is there. She doesn't really remember anything in fact except for her name. She discovers her history pretty quickly though, and then things get even more interesting. She is there to kill the future dictator who is currently just a young guy at college. He isn't corrupt yet. At first, she is going to just do the job and be done with it, but then she thinks maybe she can change things, save him, save the future. She gets close, much closer than she initially meant to get. She keeps telling herself it's for the mission and she will do what she has to, but you can see that she is slowly starting to really care for him.
Logan was someone who I pretty much liked almost instantly. He isn't an evil dictator yet when we meet him in the book. In fact, he is a really nice guy, he does a lot of clubs and sports, and he is very social. He treats Raven so great, and I really liked them together. So I don't risk giving away any of the book, let me just say that Logan was just an awesome guy overall, and he had a good head on his shoulders. He doesn't want to be told how to live his life, and he refuses to let Raven go.
I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, entertaining, and easy to follow. The characters were awesome to me and I loved the futuristic and time travel elements. My only issue was that at times I felt it was a bit slow, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment at all. There was plenty of action that the slower parts were good for a bit of a breather. I would have liked a little more character development during the slower parts too, but overall I really did love the characters. With so many dystopians out there, it's hard to stand out, but this one does.