Hello, lovelies, and welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal! Say hi to Melissa E. Hurst’s debut The Edge of Forever! Love mystery and sci-fi and slow burning romances? Then you’re going to love this! Also, ARCs galore, right there in today’s giveaway! Follow the rest of the The Edge of Forever tour here 🙂
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.
Ever since I’ve read Outlander, time travel is slowly turning out to be my favourite type of concept to read. It’s mysterious and imaginative and if well done, it has the capacity to be a complete literary success.
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 in 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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Win a stack of books which includes a paperback of Arclight by Josin L. McQuein, a paperback of Avalon by Midnee Arnett, a paperback of Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee, an ARC of Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch and an ARC of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard + a signed copy of THE EDGE OF FOREVER and swag (postcard and bookmark)
Melissa lives in the southern US with her husband and three kids. She writes YA science fiction and fantasy, which means she considers watching Star Trek and Firefly as research. She dreams of traveling around the world and maybe finding Atlantis one day. You can usually find her with a book in one hand and a Dr. Pepper in the other. Or consuming lots of chocolate.
THE EDGE OF FOREVER is her debut novel.