May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015

Things I've Read: Crossing in Time

(I have been busy with Things, but rest assured I have been keeping a mental list of things to complain about. In the meantime, here is a previously-scheduled book review. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this novel from the author to read and review. Because reading? Good. Free? Good. Free reading? GOOD.)

Crossing in Time is a genre mix: it’s got plenty of romance and sci-fi, with dashes of humor and erotica thrown in. Keep that in mind when jumping in to this book. And I mean *jumping* in, because we start pretty much in medias res, with someone named Isabel buying a gun in what appears to be a post-apocalyptic situation. The story is set in a world on the brink of ending, whose only hope is sending a woman back through time to reconnect with the love of her youth…keeping in mind that humanity depends on her not screwing it up like she did the first time around. High stakes? Indeed.

The author keeps readers on their toes throughout the book by changing the POV with each chapter. The majority of the book is told through the eyes of Isobel and Diego, both whip-smart scientists whose romance is hinted to be the one thing that can save civilization. Literally. Since this is the first book of a planned trilogy, I assume we’ll eventually find out whether it works. Another narrator, Matt, has a lesser role—but he too may become a bigger player as the series progresses.

In addition, I was hoping the book would focus more on the WHY and the HOW of the time travel, especially since two people are sent back and we get hints that all sorts of parallel universes and time travelers are out there. Again, I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and hope to see more in books 2 and 3. I could do with less overt erotica, but your mileage may vary. ‘Tis a love story, after all.

To summarize, I’d say that Crossing in Time is a romance with science, and not sci-fi with romance. Read it if you’re looking for love, not labs.

1 Fish in a Sea of Diet Coke:

Nice review! Romance, sci-fi and humour sounds like an eclectic mix!

I was interested in your comment about it being romance with science and not the other way around. I like science stuff but at the same time, doing something with it is equally important otherwise there's no point to it. So we need to wait till later books for that then?

I've just won a copy in a Goodreads giveaway and I'm really looking forward to getting started!

Paul

PS: I've just given you a follow on twitter (@tadpaul353) :)