This is my first time writing a Top 5 Wednesday in a few months, but when I saw the topic for the week, Favorite Time Travel Stories, I knew I couldn’t pass it up (and yes I know it’s Friday). I’ve mentioned a lot in the last few months, quantum bending tales are HOT for 2016 and as a result I had a slew of new releases to choose from for this post. Surprisingly I haven’t read as many books following this theme as I initially anticipated, so to beef it up I’ll also be including time travel stories I look forward to reading in the near future. Though you should (obviously) read all my additions to the blog, this is a good place to start for any young adult reader out there looking for a fun book to cure their sci-fi phobia.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Starting off this list with the first of the books I have actually read, behold the fabulous Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. The twenty-nine year old writing goddess already has a well rounded list of novel writing accomplishments, but I believe this first book of a planned duology stands head and shoulders above the rest. It’s offers a little bit of everything for readers; from romance, to science fiction, to meticulously curated historical settings and I loved it for that. Though I know it’s more than a little intimidating sitting upon a shelf, once you get past the initial hundred pages the story picks up at a breakneck speed that left me unable to put it down. Its behemoth size also allows for a much more intricate plot than it could otherwise offer, really expanding on the endless opportunities a time travel background presents and finding footing in logic unique to this book. The ending left my jaw on the floor, and as such I highly recommend picking this up before the book world is abuzz with Wayfarer next January.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Going forward into the new releases I haven’t gotten around to yet, we have The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. Published just last February, it hasn’t received nearly as much hype as I initially thought it would, though from the reviews I’ve read the general bookish consensus is that Heilig is a masterful storyteller. And good thing too, as she has a lot to live up too with a book blurb saying “She is myth. She is history. She is gone”. This just sets up for so much sheer awesomeness I would hate for it to be wasted on a subpar rendering. On another note, I think it’s smart that though they aren’t forced to forge their own path by riding the coattails of Passenger, there’s enough distance between the two’s ideas that it won’t be perceived as a copycat. I know the inner hipster inside of you is dying to read this book before it’s cool, so go right ahead and say Meg sent you.
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
I wasn’t going to include this one on my list due to the fact it’s been so long since its publication (in relative bookish terms) that I wasn’t sure if anyone would still be interested in checking it out. As the fact remains though, a book is a book no matter how old and it seems only fair for me to include my favorite work by both Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler: The Future of Us. Though it’s not a time travel story in the true sense of the word, it tells the story of two high school seniors in the ’90’s who, upon opening an AOL system, discover their 2010 era Facebook pages. Not only is it just a really fast paced, gripping story (that also navigates dual narration very well), but I loved the way it explores the phenomena of minor changes rippling out to change your future. It’s great fruit for thought, and adds necessary balance to the science fiction/ contemporary dynamic duking it out for page time.
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Oh, but that cover though. It makes me want to hire a mural artist and paint it right on my bedroom wall for round the clock admiration. That’s neither here nor there though, the story is what you’re interested in hearing about. This first installment in a planned trilogy follows Marguerite, the talented daughter of two world renowned physicists, as she chases her parents killer through multiple parallel universes. As one would imagine in any good young adult book, the alleged “killer” is a stunningly attractive young man and who immediately strikes things up with our heroine. But hey, a little cheese factor never hurt anything. What I’m really interested in though is the idea that the aforementioned machine, the Firebird, creates futures expanding from a single timeline, of which our characters can run into a different version of themselves in. It was an idea lightly touched on in Passenger but never really elaborated on, and I’ve very interested in Claudia Gray’s take of things.
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Whereas Passenger took a very scientific approach to explaining the logic behind its time travel system, The Love That Split the World relies on the reader expending their imagination (I presume) to follow magical realism “rules”. And by that I mean nothing will ever make sense, but that’s okay. A few months ago I never, in a million year, would have considered reading this book. Imaginary Girls and The Accident Season were major flops for me and I had decided to put the sub genre on hold for a time. But then I recently picked up Bone Gap, reinvigorating my interest and instilling faith in me that books in its vain could strike a chord with me. Long story short, plan on me reading this one soon. I mean what could possibly be better than Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife (hint: nothing)? I wish I had more concrete info to give you guys on the plot, but there really is little else I know besides promises of fantasticalness.
So did any of these get added to your TBR list? Or do you have any great time travel themed books for me? Let me know in the comments!
-Keep Calm and Read On