(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
To be completely honest, this book was one of those I entered ‘just because’. The cover and blurb looked interesting, but I’m not sure I would have zeroed in on it to buy if it was on a bookshelf in front of me.
I did, however, particularly like this book. I found it really quick and easy to read and I was a bit surprised at how dark it was for a book which is meant to be for readers younger than me.
The first scene in the book did succeed in pulling me in really quickly. I was immediately interested in the characters and storyline and I wanted to carry on reading to find out what was going to happen to them all.
Time travel isn’t a unique concept and probably hasn’t been for a very long time. This particular take on time travel was a fairly unique one, though. It did set the tone for this book to be an especially darker one.
It’s interesting to read books where characters have seen their future selves/the future selves of people they know. I didn’t actually see Future-Davey in this book, but as the other characters reflected on what he was like in the future, I found myself growing concerned along with them.
I liked the characters, but I would have liked to know more about their histories. Hilda was an interesting character, but she did kind of keep changing personality. I felt sorry for her when they went back in time, though. One scene in particular has stuck with me and really bothered me.
There are a couple of things that have confused me about the time travel, though. I kind of think there was at least one thing that could have been changed – or at least an attempt made to change it.
The book was particularly well-written and it was really nice to see proper grammar being used. I’m especially thinking of: ‘Blah blah blah? he wondered’ as opposed to, ‘Blah blah blah he wondered?’. I see the latter a lot, but it isn’t grammatically correct.
I do want to read the first book and I’d like to read any more in this series in the future. I had to strongly resist the urge to buy Sorrowline – at least until I’ve read some more of the massive pile of books I have.