For the month of May, we are taking a trip through time and doing topics that we missed. I joined the group sometime in 2017 so I have been traveling back to 2016 to see what topics I would have done if I was there. This week I decided to do Time Travel books from March 2016.
I have a fascination with time travel. There are two basic types of travel, one is with some type of machine and the other is of course the magical object or place that transports, usually an unsuspecting person, into the past. There appears to be a third type cropping up lately though that involves some sort of genetic make-up of the person that allows them to time travel. I usually enjoy the machine ones the best, but the others can be good too.
I think the thing that I like most about time travel is the the complexity of it. How can something in the past influence the future. If you stop something from happening, how does that effect the time you came from in the first place. If you think too much about it, it can give you a headache. I ran across a great blog post about the different types of time travel on Quirkbooks recently that cleared up some of my wonderings. It mostly talks about movies, but it definitely applies to books as well.
Ok, enough babbling about time travel. Let’s talk about the books. These are not perhaps the best books, but they are ones I liked. If you want a list of good YA travel books look here at YALSA’s list that they created in 2016. There are some good ones, and a couple that I have added to my TBR.
1. Invictus by Ryan Graudin (2017)
One of the best, to come out recently. This one falls into the machine category, and they get the time travel thing right. Most scientist agree that if time travel did exist you could only travel through time, not space. Which means you can’t start in England and end up in ancient Greece. I loved the time ship that they used in this story. They could maneuver it to where they wanted to be and then travel to the time they wanted. Plus, they are pirates that go around to steal artifacts from the past. Beside the awesome time travel, there is also some alternate reality aspects to the story. Great characters and plot, this is one not to be missed if you like time travel. This one also brings up many of the moral issues of time travel.
2. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (2013)
I didn’t realize this one was so old. I still remember a lot of it though. It was so good. This one really brings up some of the moral issues that people like to talk about. If you could go back in time to stop something or someone from happening would you? Em and Finn have to face this dilemma many times. They keep having to go back in time to fix it so that the future can be better. There is a time machine involved, and there is some romance, but mostly it is about survival and the moral dilemma about killing one to save many. This one would make a really good movie.
3. Hourglass by Myra McEntire (2011)
An even older one! This one is the first in a trilogy. I know I read the first two, but I can’t remember for sure if I ever read the third. (This was before I started keeping track of my reading) I remember this one, mostly because it has a bit of a supernatural bent to it. Emerson thinks she is seeing and talking to ghosts, but it is really her seeing the past as a sort of overlay of the present. I thought this was a pretty cool concept. I can’t remember if there is a machine involved or if there was an object, but she eventually gets involved with a group of time travelers that help her out. I may have to go back and revisit this one, also because I am curious to find out if I did really finish it. Plus that is such a super cool cover, all of them are similar to this one.
4. Into the Dim by Janet Taylor (2016)
So far there are two books in this series, but I think there is going to be at least one more? Not sure about that, so don’t quote me. I really liked the first one, but the second one not so much. This one is unique in it’s method of time travel. There is a machine, but it needs the ley lines to work. So a mix of science and magic. Also, I liked the fact that the travelers do a lot of research into the time period to which they are going to make sure that they change as little as possible and blend in as best they can. There is a rival group of time travelers that is trying to stop our heroes, which adds a nice layer of moral justice to the story.
5. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (2016)
I just finished the audiobook of this one and it is sort of the inspiration for this post as well. This one falls into that new category of your genetics making you a time traveler. But I liked the maps and of course the ship that they used to help them move through time. I liked the descriptions of them moving off the map into the fog of time. There was also the issue of their changing history or just moving it along. Also a great inner monologue by Nix at the end about how time travel works. Can something that already happened be changed or is it a fixed point that makes everything else happen to get to that point. I also liked the fact that they could go to mythical places and collect mythical objects. That was a different take on time travel. I am not going to do the second book, quite yet, but I am looking forward to spending some more time with Nix and the crew of the Temptation.
So there are 5 good time travel books for you to check out. As always, don’t forget to stop by the Goodreads group to see what others have listed for their rewind post this week. Until next week.