This book is mainly based on the life of a Rifter named Lex in the group The Hollows. The Hollows train young travelers, called Rifters, to go through time without even caring about consequences. The only other time travel group, The Tesla Institute, is against this way of traveling through time without care and do anything to stop The Hollows. When Lex’s girlfriend dies on an assignment, he will do anything to get her back, even if it includes breaking into The Tesla Institute to get a special piece of tech that makes sure he doesn’t collapse time. He meets a girl named Ember on his quest for the tech and his memories from his life before he was a Rifter come crashing back to him, and Ember’s do, too. They are torn between the two bands of Rifters and now they have the truth about their past life.
This is one of those books that you can stay up all night reading and if you go to sleep, you will be dreaming about the book. The setting is pretty detailed, some things could be more detailed but you can still close your eyes and travel time with the Rifters at your side. It is definitely a little romantic since Lex goes throughout the time stream and The Tesla Institute just to find his girlfriend but don’t shy away just because it is a little romantic, there is plenty of action and in places, it is hilarious. The characters are very well described and most of them are likeable, but the one that most people will hate or dislike would be Tesla, well I think most people would. I like how it is told in first-person, I don’t think it would have been good if it was written any other way. I definitely want to know what happened after the book ended but I guess that’s why it is a series. The strength of this book is the plot, it is easy to understand and a good plot for anyone who likes sci-fi. It doesn’t really have a weakness but it could be a little more detailed. You might find yourself thinking “Is this possible” or “How do I sign up to be a Rifter?!” I would recommend it to all my friends who like fiction books, but hey, it could be possible in the future to time travel.