Lex and Amber are two Rifters (time travelers) with no knowledge of each other or what their lives were like before they were pulled into the time-traveling world. Lex is part of the Hollows, a band of scruffy Rifters whose mission is to stop the Tesla institute at all cost. Amber is a student at the Tesla Institute, run by the famous (or infamous?) Tesla. Their goal is to preserve the time stream, or so Tesla claims. But as Amber and Lex embark on journeys that lead them to each other, they will learn things that will change their views forever. Will they save time, or destroy it?
Sounds interesting, right? And it was good, after about 200 pages. Since it’s set in a complicated world, the authors took fifty pages to explain what is happening, where they are, and the background. Then they introduced the problem. The complaint I have with this book is that it’s just not interesting until the end. As a LitPick critic/reviewer, I had to read and review this book, otherwise I would have abandoned it. The beginning is very confusing, you have no idea what is going on, who people are, how time traveling works, etc. I like the idea, they just need to pick up the pace. Even the middle was slow! This is where I wxpwcted things to start to pick up the pace!
By the end, I was interested. The last 100 pages were packed with action. I wanted to know how Amber was faring, and whether Lex had managed to save Stein or not. If only the rest of the book was like that. The beginning ruined it for me.