Name: Parallel (Travelers #1)
Author: Claudia Lefeve
General Release Date: 26th August 2011
Date I finished it: 23rd October 2011
From: Review Copy
My Rating: 4/5 stars
I got a review copy of Parallel as I was taking part in the blog tour for this book, you can see my interview with Claudia Lefeve a few posts back.
Parallel follows teenager Etta who has been brought up jumping from foster families and is eventually dumped in Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster children where she finds herself sharing a room with a girl she used to live with in a foster family years ago.
Etta goes on with her normal life, school, hanging out and and trying not to break anymore rules.
That is until she meets Cooper who transports to a whole new reality, which is apparently the real one and where she was born and is meant to be.
At first I wasn't too sure about reading Parallel, it seemed a bit too science fiction for me, and I'm usually more a fan of paranormal. After reading the first few chapters however I was totally hooked on the story!
The characters are very well written and are described brilliantly, making it easy to follow them and fall into their story.
Although the story line is a bit choppy and confusing at first, once you get the hang of what is going on and what reality is which, everything does start to make sense.
The story of time travel can be hard to convey in a book, especially a book aimed at a younger audience, Claudia Lefeve manages to make the subject both entertaining as well as informative.
The plot itself is genius, this was one of those books where as I was reading it I was thinking to myself, how on earth do people think up this stuff?!
The only reason I gave this book four stars instead of five was purely because I didn't really love it.
As great as the book is, it didn't have me mesmerised like some books do. Don't get me wrong, it was a great book, had a great plot and brilliant and believable characters, for me it just seemed to be lacking something that I can't quite put my finger on.
Overall I'm, really glad I read this book and am looking forward to reading the rest in the series!