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message 1: by [deleted user] (last edited Aug 06, 2018 11:08AM) (new)

This month's YA Fiction pick comes from the POPSUGAR Challenge prompt "A book about time travel." We'll be reading "Ruby Red" by Kerstin Gier.

"Sixteen-year-old Gwyneth discovers that she, rather than her well-prepared cousin, carries a time-travel gene, and soon she is journeying with Gideon, who shares the gift, through historical London trying to discover whom they can trust."

As I said in the YA Fiction Reading Discussion Forum, ALL AGES are welcome to participate from now on. After all, you don't have to be a young adult to like YA Fiction.


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

I won't lie to you, I prefer books written in the past tense, third person perspective. The prologue was interesting and got you in the mood for the time travel concept. It was in third person past tense, so I had high hopes. There was also a quote from a book within the book, and I really love it when novelists do that.

Then Chapter 1 started and it switched to first person from the main character's point of view. I couldn't help but be very disappointed and skeptical of whether I would be able to get through it. That being said, the main character is interesting enough to listen to and the story kept me reading. Let's hope it stays that way.

Let me know if any of you are reading along as well!


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I like that there are multiple elements of fantasy in the book. Gwen isn't just a time traveler. Her family has a history of time travelers. She also sees ghosts and gargoyles come to life for her. Great aunt Maddy has visions. It makes for some really interesting scenes and ways that the family members perceive and interact with each other.


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Brianna Anderson | 130 comments Mod
I like the multiple fantasy elements as well and the fact that there is a time travel gene that passes down through the female line. It's got a bit of H.G. Wellsian logic that I'm enjoying.


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

I haven't read H.G. Wells, so please tell me more! :)

It's also kind of funny how nervous Gwen is about telling her family that she has the gene, because they have all been expecting it to be her cousin. It's like their sci-fi version of the trope of having a family treating one child in the family like they were born for great things and ignoring the other child based solely on their appearance. My hope is that Gwen will pull through and show them what she's made of.


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