Calla Winston’s mobile devices sit in a corner of her room, covered in dust. Weeks ago, she shared photos and laughs with her best online friend. Now, after having felt the sting of betrayal, she prefers being hidden and friendless. She equates privacy with security and technology with pain.
Then she meets Valcas, an otherworldly time traveler who traverses time and space with a pair of altered sunglasses. When an ethereal being knocks Calla to the ground near her family’s lakeside cottage, Valcas uses the Travel Glasses to help her escape. He offers his further protection in exchange for a promise. Intrigued by Valcas and the possibility of time travel, Calla accepts. That is until she learns that his search for her was no mere coincidence.
Calla sets off on her own, taking the Travel Glasses with her. Torn between searching for her estranged father and reuniting with the rest of her family, she tracks down the inventor of the Travel Glasses in hopes of discovering more about Valcas’ past and motivations. The Travel Glasses take Calla’s mistrust of technology to all new levels. But without them, she’ll never make it back home. With Valcas hot on her trail, Calla hopes to find what she’s looking for before he catches up.
3.5 of 5 Stars
I’m sort of conflicted with this review because I liked so many aspects of it just as much as I didn’t like other parts. For me it was a completely new take on time travel. It felt like it went even farther by introducing much more than just travel via time but also into other worlds. What got me is that while I became so wrapped up in the story, I really wanted to smack Calla upside the head with the very book she’s in. I understood why she wasn’t trusting and perhaps even antisocial but we never really got an explanation as to why she was treated so badly at the lake by her peers. For me that plot hole was frustrating and made her difficult to empathize with. As the story moved on she just seemed slow to figure things out while in others she seems way ahead of the game, usually to her own peril. With as much annoyance as I had with her I still became quite connected I think primarily due to the fact I loved the main story so much. Perhaps even because of the interesting connection I had with the characters and the very surprising ending – I’m very excited to dig in to the next book in the series.
FTC Disclosure: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion of the book and I was provided with no other compensation.