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Erasing Time Hardcover – Aug 28 2012
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Dramatic twists and turns to the very end ensure readers’ attention and the possibility of an equally thrilling sequel. (Kirkus Reviews)
Hill leaves the ending wide open for a sequel, and the combination of action and romance—which has become a trademark of the ever-growing trend of dystopian series—will make readers eager for the next installment. (Booklist)
About the Author
C. J. Hill is the mother of twins. They aren't identical, but this doesn't mean she always calls them by the right name. In fact, she occasionally calls all her children by the wrong names (she has five) and has even been known to throw the dog's name into the mix. Laugh now, but you'll do the same thing when you have kids.
If C. J. had a time machine and could visit another century, she would probably go to the Regency era instead of the future. According to all the novels she's read, the past was filled with a multitude of dashing lords and viscounts who were always on the lookout for damsels in distress, whereas the future is populated by scary dystopian societies.
Top Customer Reviews
I loved the creativity in this novel! Hill is a very talented writer. She wrote a unique story-line in a way that showcased her writing skills. I was impressed with the quality of writing. Everything was developed nicely. The world was easy to understand, which is very important in dystopia settings. The novel didn't quite grab me and hold me as much as I would have liked, but I was definitely interested in it and wanted to learn more and keep reading. That is about my only complaint (if you can call it a complaint) with this book -- it didn't captivate me to the point that I couldn't put it down.
The characters -- Sheridan, Taylor, and Echo -- were all likeable and well-developed. The story is told in third person narration, but we do get to see into the characters' heads a bit, more so with Sheridan and Echo. Sheridan and Taylor are twins, but are different in many ways. Taylor thinks more with her left brain (science and math) and Sheridan thinks more with her right (language and words). This makes for an interesting duo and ultimately becomes helpful when faced with decisions and strategies.Read more ›
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I totally loved the society. It had many of the familiar Dystopian elements while having a unique trend and feel to it! It wasn't overdone either. It was right and good and awesome. :) YAY dystopia. So we have these twins with two different personalities and all of a sudden they are whisked away into the future. Then they learn they can't get back. YIKES. Panic time. Sheridan and Taylor find themselves in a pretty twisty predicament with no easy way out.
I wish I could spill my guts about things, but alas, no. Let me just say that I liked the realistical reaction of the girls, and thatI was easy to connect with Sheridan. I really wish Taylor had gotten her own POV moments, because she'd have a CRAZY GENIUS voice. YAY! But even without her, I still loved her character and getting to know her.
Echo..you are the riddle, wrapped in a mystery.You're hot, and full of secrets. You've got an interesting voice. Yet, as a romantic interest...you move to fast! That was my main issue with the romance. Obv, it's Insta-Attraction. But it was still fast to when they Kiss. After that I didn't feel as much development or their characters and relationship, something I totally love. So while that could've been showed more, I don't condemn them. They're gonna be so great in the next book!
The plot was MAGNIFIQUE! Secrets, logic, genius brains, smart problem solving, BETRAYAL, ack ack ack. YES. One thing I found really interesting was how she used Religious phrases/names as a Code. No, I'm not telling you anything else. But it was really neat how she did that without pinpointing any specific beliefs. Okay, so this was another great book full of adventure, futuristic bad-guys and some sweet romance. If you like all the above, this is a book for you! PLUS, it's a Clean Read!
Erasing Time is a thrilling, science fiction tale that both young adults and adults will enjoy.
With plenty of suspense, mystery, drama, and a bit of romance this well-paced story was impossible to put down. I enjoyed every bit of the interesting characters, unique dystopic future, and intense and exciting plot. This is definitely one of my favorite reads this year. The events and suspense builds to a pulse-pounding conclusion that left me satisfied, yet not wanting it to end. There is a great potential for sequels, and I certainly hope to see more from this future world. Don't miss this one.
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. - Tammy
The first chapter had me wondering if I was going to like it, as it seemed kind of "out there" to me. But once the second chapter started, introducing Sheridan and Taylor, I started getting into it, and managed to read over half the book in one sitting. It's set in 2447, but you can actually see how our world could turn into the one described, language-wise, government-wise, etc. The interactions between the characters was realistic and extremely funny at times, as Sheridan and Taylor used their "sayings" to confuse those around them and keep them from understanding their discussions. It was also interesting when the story switched to Echo's point of view, so the reader can see how he is coping with the "time riders" and how their arrival meshes with his plans.
"Erasing Time" has made me want to read more Sci-Fi, in hopes that I can mind more like it. It has renewed my faith in a genre that I usually steer clear of, and hopefully I'll find others that I enjoy as much as this one!
But their very first attempt to find the scientist, Tyler Sherwood, has failed. Instead they've brought two time-riders to them, Sheridan and Taylor Bradford. Identical twins. And they have no way of sending them back to the twenty-first century.
Trapped. Unfamiliar with the language and customs of the twenty-fifth century, they must rely upon Jeth and Echo, two wordsmiths - historians - who have studied their century, to keep them safe.
Safe from the scientists who would seek to wipe their minds of all knowledge of their failed attempt. Safe from the Dakine rebels who would seek to capture them and use them against the government. Safe from the Vikers who would kill them without a moment's pause.
And safe from the government who would never allow free-thinking and un-trackable visitors from another time to roam free.
With no way of returning home and no one else who seems willing to help, they'll have to put their trust in Echo. Even if it means ignoring the fact that he has been keeping secrets. Even though he has a dark and mysterious past. Even if he hasn't always told the truth. And even if his motives for helping them are suspect.
Because without his help, their chances at surviving in a future that's almost as alien to them as being on another planet are almost non-existent.
ERASING TIME is a clever, engaging and immensely entertaining story set in a future where the government keeps a tight leash on its citizens, where your actions are monitored, your beliefs are restricted and your ranking is what determines your worthiness. Full of surprises, twists and a fascinating look at today from the perspective of those in the future, this story will keep readers guessing and keep the pages turning.
More than just a time-travel adventure story and a love story with a dystopian setting, ERASING TIME offers readers food for thought as they are introduced to this society that exists over four hundred years in the future. Told through the eyes of Sheridan Bradford, one of two identical twins who has traveled time to land in the year 2447, and Echo Monterro, a citizen of Traverton who has studied the past and knows enough about the twenty-first century to be able to interact with Sheridan and her time-riding sister Taylor, readers will get to experience the future through the perspectives of someone familiar with the world and someone new to it.
Author C.J. Hill has imagined a world that feels both familiar and strange yet utterly believable. In her futuristic society, citizens live in controlled cities for their "protection," religion has been banned, knowledge and learning are limited to a select few, science and technology are prized above history and language, animals are non-existent and movement is closely watched by both the government and the opposition.
And in this future, the powers that be use a ranking system to keep control, keep their citizens in line and keep them focused on something other than the fact that their lives are so restricted.
The author has created an incredibly likable and relatable character in Sheridan Bradford. She is smart, strong, firm in her beliefs, unafraid to take a stand, protective of those she cares about and willing to sacrifice herself for what is important. But she's also kind, humble, vulnerable and not so perfect as to be unsympathetic.
While Echo Monterro remains much of a mystery throughout the story, the author gives readers enough of a peek at who he is as a person, what he knows and what he's willing to do to make him just as easy to connect with as Sheridan.
ERASING TIME is a quick and captivating read that explores the implications of time travel, the bonds of siblings and the evolution of our society. And with surprise revelations throughout that will keep readers on edge, and with plenty of story left to tell in the sequel, this book is a must for those looking for an exciting, futuristic story that offers a bit more than just action, adventure and romance.
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