Book Review: Erasing Time by C. J. Hill

Erasing Time
Erasing Time #1
Author: C. J. Hill
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Dystopian
Released: August 28th 2012
Review Source: Katherine Tegan Books
Available: Amazon

Summary: (from goodreads) In this high-action and romantic futuristic adventure, there is no escape from the future for two contemporary girls pulled out of their own time.
When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that’s so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can’t go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The moblike Dakine fights against the government, and somehow Taylor and Sheridan find themselves in the middle. The only way to elude them all is to trust Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.

I'm not a huge fan of dystopian books or sci-fi books, but this one had me intrigued. The front cover is cool with the profiles of two female faces on both sides of the cover facing each other, and an hourglass in between them with the "sands" of time actually being binary code. Huh. Different, right?!

The action in this story starts within the first few chapters. We meet Taylor and Sheridan Bradford, 18 year-old twins who are just trying to make it through college. Sheridan aspires to be an English professor and Taylor is destined for greatness since she is a genius. She graduated high school at age 13 and college at 16, and was working on a graduate degree in particle physics. See what I mean-genius. They have two younger brothers and their father was a minister. They were making plans to go to a movie when they noticed a small ball of light floating in the middle of their bedroom--definitely an optical illusion, right? They walked closer to check it out and they got sucked into the light. Thinking they were dead, or worse, they woke up in a strange place floating in mid-air behind a glass wall...with a room filled with strange looking men staring at them.

Through the course of the story we meet Jeth and Echo. Echo is smart, like Taylor, and a computer guru, and a twin. Jeth is the father of Echo and Joseph Monterro and they live in the future. Taylor and Sheridan were "strained" through time to the year 2447. The society in the future has no live animals, very strange and questionable fashion choices, and an overbearing government. The people in the future do not believe in any kind of religion and don't believe in doctors either. Sheridan and Taylor have to figure out how to live in this society, since they were told that there was no way they could go back home.

I liked this story more than I thought I would. The characters were enjoyable to learn about and I was surprised by some of the twists and turns in the plot. I noticed on Goodreads that there will be a sequel and I'm looking forward to seeing what is next for Taylor and Sheridan Bradford in 2447.

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