Classic Book Review: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Goodreads Blurb:

Chilling, prophetic and hugely influential, The Time Machine sees a Victorian scientist propel himself into the year 802,701 AD, where he is delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty and contentment in the form of the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man. But he soon realizes that they are simply remnants of a once-great culture – now weak and living in terror of the sinister Morlocks lurking in the deep tunnels, who threaten his very return home.

H. G. Wells defined much of modern science fiction with this 1895 tale of time travel, which questions humanity, society, and our place on Earth.

I love time travel novels, but this was not good for me. I was bored throughout. I usually love a good story, but the first person writing only made me tired. Nothing changed – the Morlocks and the Eloi stayed the same; life kept getting worse and dying out. Basically, the future sucked. I didn’t get anything out of this book other than happiness that I checked it off my list. It was short, thankfully. I didn’t like it, but am happy to defer to those who are more involved in the SFF community as to its value to the genre. At approximately 100 pages, it’s worth trying out. You may (or likely will, if Goodreads reviews are anything to go by) disagree with my review. 2/5 stars

This fulfills a challenge for the Back to the Classics 2016 Challenge.

ARC Book Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

 

If you like
1. Time Travel
2. Pirates
3. Adventure
… this is a book for you! The writing is engaging. I’ve never read Alexandra Bracken’s work before, but I feel like I should.

The first 3/4 of the book sped by. The reason I gave took away a star is because the book hurtled to a halt for the “suddenly we’re in love and we forgot we’re on a timed search because we just looooooove each other” moment. I love a romance. This one moved to quick and with too much emphasis at the wrong time.

Things sped up again toward the end and left me wanting the next book. This is sad because I read an ARC; the first book isn’t officially out yet. I guess I’ll have to read it again next year. 4/5 Stars.

Passenger is out in the US on January 5, 2016. Thank you to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for the eARC.

Book Review: Time’s Divide by Rysa Walker

Attention! Time’s Divide is the third book in a time travel series. Go and pick up Timebound (the first novel) if you like the sound of time travel. I don’t go into details in my review, but the Goodreads blurb is below.

The Cyrists are swiftly moving into position to begin the Culling, and Kate’s options are dwindling. With each jump to the past or the future, Kate may trigger a new timeline shift. Worse, the loyalties of those around her—including the allegiances of Kiernan and the Fifth Column, the shadowy group working with Kate—are increasingly unclear.

Kate will risk everything, including her life, to prevent the future her grandfather and the Cyrists have planned. But, when time runs out, it may take an even bigger sacrifice to protect the people she loves.

This was one of my must reads of 2015 and it didn’t disappoint! These books are so complicated. I’m not sure how the author kept all the timelines and shifts and jumps in clear in her head to write this. I’m completely amazed.

As far as I’m concerned, this is doing time travel right. I love the historical details of the time periods and the different historical people. The ending was as good as it gets when you have a story as complicated as this one. I recommend marathoning all three or you will forget details (as I did). Totally worth a read.

Giant thank you to the publishers and to NetGalley for providing this eBook in exchange for an honest review. You made my year.