DNF Review: The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst

22009384Publication June 2nd 2015 by Sky Pony Press

Young-Adult, Science-Fiction, Time Travel

eARC provided by Edelweiss

Goodreads 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.

REVIEW No matter how many times I tried to read this book, I always managed to put it down. Within 3 weeks, I only made it to 17%. It could have turned around, but I was too tired to find out. That being said, don’t take my word for it. Read on if you choose.It started out slow, too slow for my liking. Normally, that wouldn’t bother me because I always want to see where the story is heading. There wasn’t enough to keep me focused, so I called it quits.

The time travel was instantaneous, which was good. However, I was somewhat confused as to what was going on. Bridger was lost to his grief over his dad’s death. Or is his father dead? He was so caught up in getting some good playback for the mission, that he completely left his partner – who is also his girlfriend – unprotected. From the little that I grasped, he was supposed to have her back while out in the field. The next thing I know, his father is there in the flesh on this time travel mission, telling him to save someone named Alora. Then there’s another time jump, and we are getting Alora’s side to this story. It was just so slow and I couldn’t be bothered to find out the connections to these characters.

I really hate that I couldn’t get into this book. No matter how hard I tried, it didn’t happen. Recommend? Sure, because it may be something that you’d love. I was excited about the time travel, but because it dragged on and on, I couldn’t care less about the whys and hows of the plot and characters.

6 thoughts on “DNF Review: The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst

  1. I actually have a review copy of this one so I should be trying it soon! Such a shame that you couldn’t like it, but I guess not every book is for everyone. Personally I dislike slow beginnings but I can usually pull through them. Confusion – not so much. So we’ll see how it goes.


  2. I hate books with characters who black out and lose time. It really irks my nerves, so I think that in combination with the slow moving beginning would put me off as well. I do have to admit the concept is intriguing though.


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