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The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst

The Edge of Forever

by Melissa E. Hurst

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This novel is a science fiction story about time travel.

In 2013, Alora is 16 years old and doesn’t remember anything before the age of six. Her father dropped her off with his sister, Alora’s aunt, and says he’ll be back. He never returns. Alora has one main friend who isn’t much of a friend, so she has no one to help her when she starts having blackouts--until Bridger arrives.

In 2146, Bridger is part of a group of people with Talents--he can time travel and is being trained to go back in time, record and observe events, and, above all, not to do anything that could alter history. A month ago his father died, and Bridger cannot deal with what happened because no one seems to know what did happen. His mother is an unkind and tyrannical person. In a trip back in time, he sees his father who tells him to save Alora and is, in part, responsible for his girlfriend’s death during the trip. After research and getting in enough trouble that the Department of Temporal AFfairs is after him, Bridger free travels to 2013 to save Alora who, shockingly, looks like his dead girlfriend.

If you are a science-fiction person, you’ll enjoy this novel. I found the time travel and “twist” of the plot at the end a little convoluted. Also, there is no depth to the characters. The “friend” characters are merely caricatures. The plot is so obviously manipulated by the author that it’s hard to suspend disbelief and lose oneself in the story. With that said, I do think many people will enjoy the novel because of the sci-fi angle. It’s just not my cup of tea. ( )
  acargile | Oct 27, 2015 |
One problem I see a lot in time travel books and books with multiple POVs is that it can get a bit confusing as to when,where and to whom something is happening. I am happy to say that this did not the case in THE EDGE OF FOREVER, everything was very easy to follow.

I really enjoyed both points of views. Bridger, who is from the future, is thrust into the past trying to continue the work his father died trying to solve. He doesn't know who he can trust, but he is determined to save Alora. Alora keeps blacking out and finding herself in different places. She is pretty freaked out by this as you can imagine. When a mysterious boy finds his way to her aunts bed and breakfast she is drawn to him and befriends him pretty quickly even though she is usually a loner. She also has the issue of her past. She remembers nothing of her parents or the time before she came to live with her aunt. Her aunt will not tell her anything and that makes her more curious.

Together they search for their separate answers until they realize everything they are looking for is connected in some way to the future. There is a bit of romance between the two, but it's very slow going and kind of on the back burner of everything else that is going on. There is some good action tucked into a good pace and an interesting world. Despite a few slow parts I found it easy to stay interested in the story.

I finished reading THE EDGE OF FOREVER with the feeling that the story isn't over, they seem to make that clear with the events at he end, so I will be on the lookout for information on book two.

* This book was provided free of charge from the Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  STACYatUFI | May 31, 2015 |
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In 2013: Sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.

In 2146: Seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.

And that someone is named Alora.

Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.

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In 2146, seventeen-year-old Bridger, one of a small group of people born with the ability to travel to the past, investigates why his by-the-book father traveled to 2013 to break the most important rule of time travel--to prevent someone's murder.

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