What if you could go back in time to save the person you love the most? The rules are simple. If you want to travel back in time, you need to be at least eighteen years old. You can only travel within your own lifespan for a maximum of six months. And above all else, you must never, ever, change the past. But that's exactly what Brooke Wallace plans to do. As Brooke faces existence without her beloved brother, his life cut short by a rare disease, she can think of only one solution - travel back in time to prevent his death. However, her attempts at fixing the past challenge her to confront everything she believes to be true about herself. And ultimately, she is forced to discover whether or not we can ever truly be in charge of our own destiny.
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A quiet, unassuming YA Sci-Fi that will sneak up on you like an emotional hurricane
The Clay Lion takes place in a world very similar to ours where time travel is possible and the protagonist, Brooke Wallace, is faced with the question: what if you could go back in time to save the person you love the most? Those who love a good sci-fi or time travel story may pick up this book expecting a high-tech world or a twisted tale of time loops and wormholes. But this story is nothing like that, and time travel is but a device that helps explore the deeper question which is the theme that drives the story, an exploration that is done openly and candidly.
Brooke is a troubled girl, reeling from the loss of her beloved brother. She hasn’t come to terms with his passing, and she doesn’t plan to. She’s determined to do what it takes to change the horrible injustice of her young brother’s death, and using her one-time allowed trip into the past seems like the perfect solution. But going back in time is trickier than she expected as seemingly inconsequential actions ripple through the years to cause untold changes in her present. Brooke’s journey is not easy, but she tries to make the best of it, even as obstacles rise to challenge her tenacity.
The characters are well-developed and feel real. Their situations are relatable as well as their reactions. The story will challenge the reader to consider the effects their own actions have on the lives of those around them, and along with Brooke, they will discover that love, compassion and hope are indispensable to keep us going and accept the twists of destiny without despairing.
Jahn delivers her story in a way that isn’t preachy, addressing the difficult topic of loss in a way teens will find completely relatable. The Clay Lion is a wonderful read that I highly recommend to anyone who doesn’t mind shedding a few tears, then feeling uplifted by a message of hope and endurance. Once of my favorite Indie reads to date.
One of the best I've ever read
There is nothing I love more than well-written stories that hit me right in the heart. Amalie Jahn has written just such a novel.
In a world where time travel not only exists but can be used by pretty much anyone (though only once, per government regulations), young Brooke Wallace decides to use her allotted "trip" through time to save the life of her beloved younger brother, Branson. Determined to thwart the circumstances that caused his sudden and tragic demise, Brooke soon discovers that changing the past is not as easy as it seems.
Though the concept of time-travel technically makes this book "sci-fi", what The Clay Lion is, in reality, a character study. How one girl deals with grief, denial, change, consequence, the gut-wrenching circumstances of love found and love lost, futility, depression, and acceptance that life is, and always will, play out as it was meant to, no matter how much we wish it were otherwise.
The Clay Lion will grab you from the very first chapter and it will not let go, even after you've finished reading. It will tear your heart out of your chest and piece it back together again, stronger than it was before. You will experience every emotion from A to Z and back again, and you will have grown as a person for having read it.
Thank you, Ms. Jahn. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Your accolades are well-deserved, and I will be moving on to the next book in the series immediately.
Don't miss this one!
Super interesting premise keeps you guessing! You'll get sucked into Brooke's story from the first pages!
If I could give 4.5 stars I would! The story was great and well developed characters. I thought that the time traveling back to save her brother would get old, but each trip was vastly different and held my attention. Well done!