Fifteen-year-old Jack Bishop
has mad skills with cars and engines, but knows he’ll never get a driver’s
license because of his epilepsy. Agreeing to participate in an experimental
clinical trial to find new treatments for his disease, he finds himself in a
completely different body—that of a girl his age, Jacqueline, who defies the
expectations of her era. Since his seizures usually give him spazzed out
visions, Jack presumes this is a hallucination. Feeling fearless, he steals a
horse, expecting that at any moment he’ll wake back up in the clinical trial
lab. When that doesn't happen, Jacqueline falls unexpectedly in love, even as
the town in the past becomes swallowed in a fight for its survival.
Jack/Jacqueline is caught between two lives and epochs, and must find a way to
save everyone around him as well as himself. And all the while, he is losing
time, even if he is getting out of algebra class.
My Thoughts: Books about time travel can be hit or miss in my opinion, and most focus more on the scifi bits rather than the personal journey of the main character (s). This book found it's middle ground. It's got just enough fun scifi stuff and meshes that with an healthy dose of humanity. Jack/Jacqueline's story is definitely interesting and fresh. I honestly cannot remember a story like it! It kept me on my toes and actually made me THINK about so many things. I really liked this story and enjoyed where it went. I can't wait to see where it continues to go in future books!
Everett Maroon is a
memoirist, pop culture commentator, and speculative fiction writer. He lives in
Walla Walla, Washington with his partner and two children, one of whom really
wants to get a dog. Everett tweets at @everettmaroon and blogs at