One hour to rewrite the past . . .
For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should’ve happened?
Hourglass was better than I expected, which the bar was set pretty high considering how much hype this book has gotten. Or at least it seems like I’ve seen it everywhere! I’ve had it on my nook shelves waiting to be read for nearly a year now and I’m really glad that I finally got the chance. It was worth the wait!
I could hardly put Hourglass down once I started it. Emerson, the main character grabbed me from the first page with her experience of seeing a Scarlet O’hara look-a-like standing in front of her door and pushes her hand right through her to get to the doorknob. Some of you may remember the scene/quote from the last Teaser Tuesday.
Then we soon meet Michael. Emerson, is quite right to be skeptical of him when her brother has hired half the quacks in the Southwest to try and help Em with her issues – her seeing these imaginary people. She’s been through a lot with the death of their parents and her trying to stay sane. When Michael shows up as the most recent hired helper for Em, she’s all about keeping him on his toes and letting him know she knows the score – she’s seen it all and has the t-shirt. She wonders what he thinks he can do to help her. He hopes she’s the one who can help him.
That’s where things get very interesting. It’s so hard to talk about the rest of Hourglass spoiling things! Let me just say that time travel is involved and there are some very real threats both from the prospect of traveling – changing the current timeline and effecting people’s lives, but also a particular person who becomes our villain. He will stop at nothing to get what he wants, past, present and future.
I found Hourglass fascinating, compelling and refreshingly unique. Maybe it’s because I’m not a huge Sci-Fi reader but for the average young adult books that have come down the pike this is a great one! I couldn’t get enough of it and fell in love with not only the Emerson and Michael but also the entire group of the Hourglass.
I particularly was drawn to Kaleb, who is amongst the inner circle of Michael’s life and all those who play a part in this tale. He’s got a unique ability of his own – each of them does – and I just loved his spunk. I got a real treat when I opened the first page of Timepiece, the second Hourglass book. I will share that surprise in my next review, mwuahaha!
So, let me say this, if you haven’t read Hourglass and are interested in a YA book that’s not so run of the mill, or interested in a bit of a mystery with a SciFi twist, or you’re just wondering what book to read next – RUN, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore or website and get to getting already! I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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