A quickie DNF review of a book I thought would be intriguing and different, but didn’t quite do it for me. The book fell flat and didn’t grab my attention from the very beginning. The synopsis had more of a pull than the first few pages. Unfortunately, I never got attached to any of the characters enough to pull me along in the story, which led to me not worrying much about the world around them. I liked the idea behind the book and its basic foundation, but the author really lost me on a lot of the details. They didn’t quite come together well. The puzzle piece didn’t quite fit.
If the characters would have shined it would have worked, but what ended up happening was that I started to dislike the characters and found them more annoying than “quirky.” Which I think was the intention, they were supposed to be quirky and very British – but the combination led to me feeling disjointed and unable to “get” the gist of the book. There was all this hinting and alluding to something you already knew, the fact that there was time-travel – but the author never quite got there with me and by the time I gave up – I had just had enough. Good try, great idea, the implementation just didn’t quite work.
No True Echo by Gareth P. JonesPublished by Amulet Books on October 13th 2015
Eddie thinks nothing ever happens in his small, boring town. Every day is exactly the same, down to what the bus driver will say when he picks each kid up in the morning. But then, one day, someone new, and very pretty, walks onto the bus. At least, Eddie thinks she’s new, but there is something oddly familiar about Scarlett. Intrigued (and smitten), Eddie starts to follow Scarlett—and what he discovers is odder still. Scarlett is a Senior Echo Time Agent from the future, come to his town to investigate the origin of time travel, which, unbeknownst to Eddie, was invented right in his hometown, by someone he knew. Soon Eddie is swept up in the investigation and in time. But time travel is a dangerous business, and Eddie will learn more than he wants to know about his long-dead mother.
This psychologically rich thriller redefines the time travel novel for a teen audience.