TITLE: Stolen Time
AUTHOR: Danielle Rollins
PUBLICATION DATE: February 5th, 2019
GENRE: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Seattle, 1913 // Dorothy is trapped. Forced into an engagement to a wealthy man just so she and her mother can live comfortably for the rest of their days, she’ll do anything to escape. Including sneaking away from her wedding and bolting into the woods to disappear.
New Seattle, 2077 // Ash is on a mission. Rescue the professor—his mentor who figured out the secret to time travel—so together they can put things right in their devastated city. But searching for one man means endless jumps through time with no guarantee of success.
When Dorothy collides with Ash, she sees it as her chance to start fresh—she’ll stow away in his plane and begin a new life wherever they land. Then she wakes up in a future that’s been ripped apart by earthquakes and floods; where vicious gangs rule the submerged city streets and a small group of intrepid travelers from across time are fighting against the odds to return things to normal. What Dorothy doesn’t know is that she could hold the key to unraveling the past—and her arrival may spell Ash’s ultimate destruction.
I have always loved time travel stories. They have to be done right though. I think this one was!
I really adored the main character Dorothy. She’s a 16 year old who was born into the life of con artistry in the early 1900s Seattle. Dorothy’s mother has forced her into the ultimate con and is making her marry a rich doctor. As a desperate attempt to flee, she runs into the woods in her wedding dress the morning she is to marry. She finds a man and a plane. This man, Ash, is a time traveler originally from the 1940s, but having made a home in 2077. Dorothy, not knowing Ash and his plane travels through time, begs Ash to take her away from Seattle and the life her mother is forcing her into. When Ash refuses, Dorothy sneaks onto his ship.
Dorothy is a badass strong female character who I really adore. She has the sarcasm that I love in all my favorite characters.
This book does not lack strong female characters! There’s also Zora, who is Ash’s best friend and the daughter of the man who discovered time travel. Zora is a mechanic/engineer. She has one of the most badass scenes towards the end of the book. This scene makes me hope there’s a movie adaptation just so I can see it! And Chandra, who is absolutely adorable and is a doctor from ancient India! And then there’s Quinn, a mysterious hooded woman who terrorizes New Seattle in 2077.
I found the story to be incredibly compelling. There’s not very many time travel books that has the characters go to the future. Especially in YA. I guess authors are kind of scared to write books about things they don’t understand. Danielle Rollins does it in a believable way though and I really enjoyed it!
The cliffhanger killed me! It was so good and makes me want the sequel right now!! This is the first ARC I’ve received months ahead of the release and I honestly don’t know how bigger bloggers can stand the wait between reading the ARC and the next installment’s release. I already hate it! (Side note, if you read this please message me so we can talk about that ending!!)
I recommend this to all lovers of YA! Especially those who like strong female characters and time travel!
Special thanks to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.