Kindle Edition, 152 pages
Published: April 1, 2016 by Urban Epics
Setting: New Jersey
Alicia’s quotidian life — filled with high school, spending time with her best friend and widowed father, and contemplating her unrequited crush — is derailed when seemingly harmless drug experimentation catapults her forward in time. As a time traveler in the near future, she enters a terrifying post-apocalyptic world.
After returning to the present, she finds herself unwillingly thrust into the role of Cassandra, anxious to warn others of what lies ahead. But who will believe her?
I won’t reveal more than that; I’ll leave you to discover this future dystopia for yourself. This author has combined some of the tropes of modern science fiction and fantasy — including time travel and a variation on zombie lore — along with elements of classical Greek mythology and Frankensteinian* themes — to create something original and fascinating. His excellent writing and storytelling abilities stand out. Although I’m well beyond the target age for this YA novel, I readily related to Alicia, enjoyed spending time in her head, and was thoroughly engrossed in the story.
A word of warning: this doesn’t quite follow the conventions of a first novel in a series. Although the story is well-developed, the ending is more of a cliffhanger than a resolution. The author did this deliberately, seeking reader feedback before continuing the series. This may be a budding trend in fiction, and it intrigues me.
But this, along with a handful of minor editorial errors strewn throughout the book, may be of-putting to some readers. On the other hand I consider myself a tough customer when it comes to fiction 🙂 and none of these issues diminished my enjoyment of the novel.
*Is “Frankensteinian” a word? I think it should be. 🙂