Author: Therin Knite
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Time Travel
Publication: January 2015
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Corina hates the father that she's never met. The father who has been working as a doctor with the Red Cross in a war zone on the other side of the world. The father that everyone else loves. And now her father has come home...in a body bag.
When given the chance to meet her father-to know her father-Corina accepts and is thrown into the past. She is given a chance to understand the man she never knew in life. And to get home to her heartbroken mother and loving friends, Corina must come to understand who her father is and why he did what he did.
This novel was kind of hard for me to get into for a while. It's not that I wasn't enjoying it, because I was, but I had a hard time really connecting for a while. The novel starts with action and doesn't let up much as it continues, dragging the reader along on an emotional ride. The beginning is somewhat slow in comparison to the rest of the novel. Corina has to be properly introduced and it takes time to get to know her and why she feels the way she does. So while it seemed slow, I think it was also necessary.
Knite's writing excels in action scenes. This novel is packed with dramatic fights, fires, wars, you name it. And Knite can write a good action scene. I always felt like I was there, in the moment with the characters, not just being told about what happened. That is a skill many authors wish they had and Knite has it. Emotions are also very well depicted. This novel made me feel so many different things all at once that it could sometimes be overwhelming. The further I got in, the more I emotionally invested and could really feel what the characters were feeling.
Some of the sentence structure was not my favorite. I thought that the use of fragmented sentences was a bit choppy at times and hindered the flow of the novel. I think this can be utilized effectively for emphasis and to convey feeling, but it was overdone at times here. Overall I thought the writing was very nice, it could just use a little more polish to make it exceptional.
The characters in this novel were phenomenal. Corina was easy to relate with and I loved her travels through time to meet Lu, her father. The relationship that developed through interactions was just so interesting. I loved his character. I thought he was brilliant. There were few other characters that played a large role here, since Corina was learning about the father she never knew, but all of the supporting characters were well done compelling.
This book nearly had me in tears on multiple occasions. Emotions run high and the action is fast. This is definitely a book that I'm going to remember. I really enjoyed the way time travel was presented here and being able to tag along with Corina on her adventures was heartbreaking and exhilarating all at once. A really good book. Particularly if you want something with a heavy focus on parent/child relationships, because that was beautiful.