In 2013: Sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her. In 2146: Seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder. And that someone is named Alora. Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.
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The Edge of Forever is told in two perspectives; Alora from 2013 and Bridger who time jumps from 2146 to 2013. Hurt weaves the two narratives together so seamlessly that following the jumping time frames feels natural. The voices of each character are so distinct that it is easy to tell who is speaking and whose story is being told. The characters are likeable and relatable.
The novel is full of mystery, twists, and turns. Hurst builds up the suspense while providing great details of the worlds the characters are in and making the characters have depth. The last half of the story really picks up speed and takes the reader for a thrill ride. I couldn’t put it down.
Melissa E. Hurst has written a page-turner, one that keeps you guessing from start to finish. Anyone who loves time travel and is looking for a fun and entertaining beach read this summer should pick up The Edge of Forever- they will not be disappointed.
The Edge of Forever is set in two different times with two different characters who end up meeting in 2013 with surprising results.
It's 2146 and seventeen-year-old Bridger is able to travel to the past. After something goes terribly wrong on one of his visits, he sees his long dead father, who tells him to go back to 2013 to prevent a murder. His go-by-the-rules father's quest goes against a rule from the Department of Temporal Affairs-never mess with the timeline. Even more surprising is the fact that his father might be alive.
It's 2013 and sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts and finding herself in different places with no memory on how she got there. It's up to Bridger to follow through with his father's request to not only save Alora from her predicted death but maybe to find his father too.
What worked: This is a very engaging time travel time with an unique twist of a conspiracy plot within a futuristic organization that regulates time travel. There's a mystery within a mystery where someone who is supposed to be dead, in fact, might very well be alive but not in the current time. Add to that a girl who has a very hard time dealing with blackouts that transport her to different places and a huge mystery behind why her father left her.
I'm not a fan of different points of view in a novel but this one works. Readers are able to see Alora's struggles and fears of her so-called aliment. She also deals with mean comments from girls at her school.
Bridger brings to the story more of the scientific background of time travel which includes time bending, cloning, and futuristic equipment like Datalinks. Hurst shows readers just enough without going over the top.
I was glued to the pages and wanted to know how Bridger could travel back to 2013 and interact with 'ghosts' without tampering with the timeline. For a time travel novel to work for me there has to be consequences for those who mess with time. Hurst does give a very plausible explanation that all comes together at the ending.
Fast-paced time travel tale with twists and turns throughout and with a mystery that keeps readers turning the pages.
And The Edge of Forever has both time travel and mystery and that just makes it so much better.
Alora, in 2013, is struggling with her parents’ identity—she remembers nothing about them. Everything that she knows, however little it might be, has been told to her by her Aunt Grace. And Alora is almost sure Aunt Grace is hiding the complete truth from her. If only Alora could prove it.
Bridger, in 2146, is a Time Bender, meaning his genes allow him to travel to the past. But on one such assignment, he sees his deceased father. And he is asked to save Alora. If only Bridger knew who she was. He eventually travels back to 2013 and in trying to save Alora, together, they discover a lot of things that they didn’t know about.
Alora’s voice was both whiney and courageous. I was confused throughout the book as to whether I liked her or not, but overall, I think she matured through the course of the book, which is a great thing, considering all the troubles she had to face throughout the book. I felt like her dialogues were a bit awkward (considering she’s from our age) and Bridger seemed more 2013-ish than her on several occasions. Bridger, I really liked. He was the ideal YA boy whose POV I loved reading. He was sensitive without being overly dramatic, and he was considerate without being a doormat.
I really liked the concept and the premise of the book. The book started out slow, picked up pace, was slow again and then the end was great. Both Alora and Bridger had a lot of difficulties before they even meet for the first time and though I understand that a base had to be set for Bridger to time travel to her at all, the beginning of the book did drag a bit and it took quite a lot of effort to keep reading. Nonetheless, I managed to hold on and it was so, so worth it. It was specifically the writing that kept me hooked to the book. Melissa E. Hurst brings a seemingly impossible concept to life in a way that made me really, really sad that the book ended where it did.
If you’re into Sci-Fi and okay with most secrets of a book being revealed at the end of it, then The Edge of Forever is something you should watch out for!
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I love the idea of time travel, so when I found out that this book revolved around time travel, I had to pick it up!
This book has two points of view: Alora and Bridger. Alora is a teenager in 2013. She has been living a normal life until she begins to have memory black-outs at seemingly random moments. Bridger lives in 2146 and has been training his ability to time travel. On one such mention, he comes across his deceased dad, warning Bridger that he needs to go back and save Alora. Bridger doesn't know Alora, but he risks his future to illegally time travel back to finish what might've been his dad's last mission. But why is Alora so special?
I admit, I don't think you can ever go wrong with time travel. I, personally, loved the aspect of someone from the future changing the past. This is a concept that has been done before, but this time it was different. Usually, someone from our time travels from the past, but this time someone over 100 years in the future travels into the past. I loved this and I also loved seeing how the future society worked. Because of genetic manipulation, many people have the ability to bend space, time, and mind. I loved this idea and how it was explored!
This book was very evenly paced. There wasn't a whole lot happening at points, but there was definitely build up to the climax. I was able to guess some of the major 'plot twists' early on, but I really enjoyed seeing these come together and I was still surprised along the way.
As for romance, there is some feeling between them, but it's very long-lasting, so it never takes control of the plot. So, it gets two thumbs up from me.
Overall, this was a really interesting time travel read with a different take. I strongly recommend this to anyone who enjoys sci-fi and time travel! As for a sequel, as far as I know, this is a stand-alone, but there is definitely room for more. If there is more, I'll definitely be reading it!