**spoiler alert** A two-for-one time travel book. First we see the year 1960, followed by a trip to 1860.
Both were very important years as far as Set...more**spoiler alert** A two-for-one time travel book. First we see the year 1960, followed by a trip to 1860.
Both were very important years as far as Setting The Stage For Important Events To Come – both were fascinating time periods, on the brink of old worlds ending and new worlds beginning. However, we get very little of the grand sweep of things, the major figures and political event s- we see both time period through the eyes of a 13 year old girl who is just trying to keep her head above water. We get a very realistic slice of life in both periods, shown by a writer who holds no punches in explaining, in detail, what the time periods were really like, and why slavery was bad.
Poor Sophie is what we call “wrong genre savvy” – she knows that’s she’s in a story, but having been raised on a steady diet of Alice in Wonderland, C.S Lewis’s Narnia series, and Edward Edgar’s Tales of Magic series, she thinks adventures are magical things were the main character never gets hurt, has lots of help, and is given lots of special attention.
She makes a wish with a trickster god who gleefully sends her back to 1860 where she is automatically assumed to be a slave and put to work. The worst part being later on the trickster tells her if she had been a bit quicker on her feet she could have landed a much better position. But, she’s a very realistic character – she acts exactly as a real person would i.e. being pretty dumb founded by the turn of events and getting into trouble pretty fast for not knowing what he right thing to say is. She also has to deal with the problem of wearing glasses – a detail I loved – and learns pretty quick to keep her mouth shut and eyes down. She’s a fairly meek character throughout, so it seemed odd every now and then when there was a flash of someone with a stronger backbone – was it character growth or inconsistency of characterization?
I was disappointed that she quickly forgets she’s from the 20th century – even so far as making up new memories of a life in the 19th century. I might buy that if she had been there a lot longer, or if she just blanked out everything due to trauma, but the whole false memories thing hit a wrong note with me.
After quite the dirty, smelly, dangerous, mind altering, eyes widening, hair’s breath from getting raped adventure (if you still want to call it that after how Real things got) Sophie gets to go home, and here’s a shocker, it isn’t all wrapped up in a neat little bow the second she gets back to 1960 – she’s been gone 6 months her time, 20 minutes her aunt’s time, so she’s forced to deal with the problem of her growth spurt, new clothes, calluses, and over all vastly different mind and body. Her aunt takes it fairly in stride, unsure of how much to believe, but at least is willing to listen.
I was expecting an epilogue where Sophie runs away and joins MLK’s group, but instead we get the standard putting away childhood/excepting oncoming adulthood ending, but I think there’s hope she’s going on to embrace a life of liberty and justice for all. (less)
When I was about 3/4's through this story I was thinking, "oh come /on/ Kage, you can do better than this!" Then I got to the end, walked straight int...more When I was about 3/4's through this story I was thinking, "oh come /on/ Kage, you can do better than this!" Then I got to the end, walked straight into the twist ending, and was immeditely contrite.
An excellent grandfather paradox, served with roast cheastnuts.(less)
The latest outing with Betsy was hit or miss - a lot of hits, but also a lot of misses. I'm gonna keep...more
Oh MaryJanice Davidson - I just can't quit you!
The latest outing with Betsy was hit or miss - a lot of hits, but also a lot of misses. I'm gonna keep reading this series - but am selling my MJ collection and will only get her books from the library from now on. They are worth reading once - like candy - but not worth keeping - the same way there is no reason to always keep a Whitman Sampler on hand in case of an emergency romance. (less)
No, sorry, I don't buy it. You cannot just think yourself back in time. 'Timeline' had a better method of time travel - and that involved fax machines...more No, sorry, I don't buy it. You cannot just think yourself back in time. 'Timeline' had a better method of time travel - and that involved fax machines!
There's only one good scene in this book. It involves a certain well known ship. I won't spoil it - the book is worth it based on that one reveal. The...moreThere's only one good scene in this book. It involves a certain well known ship. I won't spoil it - the book is worth it based on that one reveal. The rest is typical Finney.(less)