I enjoyed this book and the perspective of Light and Dark, the idea that we are not pre-destined to one side or the other, and the setting in Russia.I enjoyed this book and the perspective of Light and Dark, the idea that we are not pre-destined to one side or the other, and the setting in Russia. The characters are relatable, and the plot takes place in (more or less) current times, rather than the distant past or far-advanced future, so it becomes a bit more realistic-feeling. The snapshots in time that make up the three stories contained in the book were at first a little wierd for me, but I got accoustomed to it quickly, as things started to intertwine. I was a little dissapointed with the ending, I had hoped for a little bit more complex "scheme" behind it all (maybe I was just in the mood for more of a mystery than it all turned out to be) but it was so simply wrapped up in the end... I am not sure where the remaining books in the series are going to go with it now, but I am interested to see. All in all, this was a good book, one I sometimes had trouble puting down (not always) and fits right into my usual themes that I like....more
Not as good as the first two stories, but still a heartwarming story of the importance of family, love, friends, and time together with the people weNot as good as the first two stories, but still a heartwarming story of the importance of family, love, friends, and time together with the people we care about....more
Time travel is always a difficult concept to wrap your head around - the old addage about the chicken and the egg comes to mind, when you consider thaTime travel is always a difficult concept to wrap your head around - the old addage about the chicken and the egg comes to mind, when you consider that Henry, as an older man, experienced things with Clare, as a young girl. So, Henry has not acutally experienced said event that Clare tells him all about until decades after it happened... If you think about it too much, it will drive you crazy.
All that aside, I think the author did a nice job of keeping me from going crazy - overall, the book progressed choronlogically through Clare's life, with a few jumps forward or backward here and there. I didn't seem to have too much trouble keeping track of where and when we were in the book. The viewpoint changes also gave the book an interesting dynamic, especially since some events were described from both points of view, at different sections of the book (The biggest example here is the scene where Clare runs out of the house in the morning wearing her nightgown, because she thought she heard someone calling her name from the clearing. She finds her father and brother talking to a Henry from the future. Without giving anything away, that same scene is later described from Henry's point of view, giving it extra dimension and detail.)
The love story brings attention to a few things for me: (1) The concept of fate and free will: As Henry describes it to Clare on many occasions, everything has already happened in their life, because a future version of himself is out there in the folds of time, having already experienced it. So do we really have free will to change how things will happen in our lives? Does knowing how it will end affect the choices we make now? (2) The concept of a soul mate: Does it exist? How will we know when, and if, we find that person? Are they really the RIGHT person for us, or just who we're destined to live our lives with? (3) Time travel: Does going to the past have the ability to change the future and affect someone's path in life, or worse, their entire existance?? (Ever seen the Back to The Future movies? After accidentally meeting his mother in the past, Marty had to get his mother and father to meet to ensure his own future existance) Or is it like Henry says, its all set and already happened so it cannot be changed?
While being just a simple love story for me at first, this book really got me thinking... An unexpected, yet happy suprise....more