Expected Publication: June 2nd, 2015 by Sky Pony Press
* I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is no way affected my opinion.
In 2013: Sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.
In 2146: Seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.
And that someone is named Alora.
Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.
The romance between the two of them was . . . interesting. I didn't really believe in it or see the chemistry between them, but it was a nice break from the all-consuming love that we so often see. And it definitely was not there to overshadow the plot and everything else The Edge of Forever had going for it. I think it's a pretty sweet and innocent start to a relationship that will likely develop more in the sequel.
In addition, Alora does have a relationship with her Aunt Grace, the woman who has essentially been raising her all her life. I found Grace to be a nice addition, because she was a parental figure, so were weren't suffering from the absentee parents that many YA novels suffer from. Grace isn't a totally suffocating guardian, but she doesn't let Alora go off and do whatever she likes in secret at all hours of the day.
Overall: For me, the intrigue and the unknown were definitely the highlights of The Edge of Forever. It's not a very complex sci-fi novel, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Though the characters fell incredibly flat for me and I wasn't entirely fond of the clipped writing style, I really enjoyed the premise and the action-packed last 30% or so! There were plot twists abound. 3 stars.