Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Review: Erasing Time by C.J. Hill

Monday, October 29, 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Katharine Tegen Books
Series: Standalone
Source: Won from GoodRead's FirstReads 
Erasing Time
One day, Sheridan is sitting in her room, asking her genius twin sister, Taylor, to tutor her. The next second, both she and Taylor are hundreds of years in the future. She doesn't know what to believe or who to trust, although Echo, the young historian, is quite alluring. The only thing that Sheridan knows for certain is that they're trapped in the future and a city run by a dangerous government... not to mention, crime bosses.

Erasing Time was a very unique take on the typical dystopian novel. It has the usual features- controlling government, crazy fashion, rebel groups, advanced science- but with a twist: Sheridan and Taylor are from our time period but are brought into the future. The time divide was amusing, especially with the changes in language. I thought that the language Hill created was one of the coolest, most inventive parts of the novel.

There is definitely a lot at stake in this book, and there's enough suspense to keep things interesting, not to mention a few plot twists. (Even if they were a bit predictable.) What's more important than the action in this book, though, is the dynamic between Taylor and Sheridan, and the ideas that are brought up. (The importance of arts is discussed, as well as religion.) That's not to say that there isn't plenty of fast-paced, heart-thumping scenes, because there are.

What I wasn't a fan of was the instalove between Echo and Sheridan. On one hand, I understand that Sheridan feels lost and alone and Echo is supportive and kind (not to mention good-looking), but finding a boyfriend really wouldn't be my first priority if I was trapped in a dangerous city, in the future, with the government after me. And Echo's reasoning for the whole relationship was just kind of screwy. I didn't feel the romance was necessary at all, really, and because of the lack of development, I couldn't support it.

One of the great aspects of this book is that it's a very easy read. Not to mention, it's a standalone! Basically, if you're looking for something that isn't too heavy with sci-fi and realistic time travel, this is for you. Just don't go into it expecting too much.
*3.5 stars*
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What's your favorite time travel read? Any good recs?


  1. This sounds pretty good! I'm definetly going to have to add this to my TBR pile (am I cool like you yet Sara!?(: ) and probably The Time Traveler's Wife !! It's seriously just so fantastic. (:

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