Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
Synopsis: Meet seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan Jarves.
Huge thank you to the publisher for letting me read an advanced copy of this. I’m writing this honest review to say thank you
Ugh, I am SO torn on my rating for this! I LOVED it, but the ending and the general plausibility of the time-travel stuff makes me feel that I can’t quite give it five stars. But this was SO GOOD. It was beautiful and lyrical and I could FEEL so much emotion coming out of it.
Generally I am not a time-travel fan. I spend most of my time stuck in paradoxes and loops and can’t actually focus on the story. This thankfully did not focus THAT MUCH on the mechanics of the time travel. There were a few times, towards the end, that I did get a bit lost in that and I was a little bummed because I had been enjoying NOT getting lost in the impossibleness of it all for so much of the story.
I love the way this story flowed. It’s very simple despite the levity of the actual events. It’s beautiful and romantic and some parts were SO TENSE that I couldn’t put it down.
I loved Prenna and Ethan’s relationship. It was subtle and lovely and so tragic. I loved the build up between them and how utterly perfect they were together.
I would have liked a little more resolution at the end, it just seemed to trail off. I mean, there are a lot of solutions and problems being solved but I just didn’t want it to end and would have liked a little bit more.
Having never read Brashare’s Traveling Pants series, I have no idea how this compares. I’m not sure if I’d be interested in picking those up now that I’m sold on her writing, but maybe in the future.