Into the Dim (Into the Dim #1)
by Janet B. Taylor
When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.
4 of 5 Stars
The first thing that attracted me to this book was hands down, time travel. I’ll pick up just about anything with that as a theme and this was no exception. Even with this as an incentive, though, this book ended up getting neglected for quite a while. I was pleasantly surprised when I picked it up though and was instantly immersed into the story. The story itself is fairly character driven and even though I liked most of the characters I didn’t love anyone. I really wanted to get connected with Hope but often had a hard time understanding her issues. A lot of the things I found confusing or questionable were eventually explained to a point where they made more sense.
Right from the beginning, it’s obvious that Hope has gone through far more than her share of awful. The book opens up at her mothers funeral. We get to briefly meet her father as well as his side of the family. I disliked them instantly. Hope’s father is a bit of a cliche in terms of characters which turned me off for a little bit. He’s that loving caring parental figure that is also incredibly weak and lets his daughter get treated like crap. The whole reason she ends up going to stay with her aunt is another strange parental decision on his part. He’s portrayed as both a caring and loving figure while also being incredibly unaware of his daughter’s feelings or the impact of his choices.
This only lasts for a couple chapters however before Hope is off to stay with her aunt and the story really seems to begin. I really appreciated getting to know the rest of her family right along with her. The time travel itself was also incredibly interesting and I appreciated that it was done in a different style than I’m used to reading. I’m incredibly curious as to how the story will continue and how the various family dynamics will continue to play out. While this book had a nice wrapped up ending it left enough loose threads to keep me heavily interested in the next book, Sparks of Light, due for publication in August of 2017.
A big thank you to HMH Books for providing me with a galley of this book in exchange for my honest review.