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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Into the Dim by Janet Taylor
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 1, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Medieval, Love & Romance, Time Travel
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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. And she's "alive," though currently trapped in the twelfth century, during the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Passing through the Dim, Hope enters a brutal medieval world of political intrigue, danger, and violence. A place where any serious interference could alter the very course of history. And when she meets a boy whose face is impossibly familiar, she must decide between her mission and herheart both of which could leave Hope trapped in the past forever.
Into The Dim is described as Outlander for teens. Since I have not read any in the Outlander series (I know, I know, no judging. I have heard they are amazing, but I hesitate to start another new series) I can’t compare the two. What I can say is that Into The Dim doesn’t need to be compared. Hope is a fragile and sheltered sixteen-year-old who lost her mother in a tragic accident. Eight months later she discovers the family secret, her mother was part of a time traveling group and has been trapped in the past. Faced with a chance to save her, Hope and a group of other teens travel back to a dangerous time and face the ugly consequences of altering history.
Janet B. Taylor created a very real world with Into The Dim, even the time travel element made perfect sense in the context of her setting. The pacing was good, a few scenes dragged a bit but the action would begin again and then it was fine. The writing was sharp and had a great attention to detail, with nice foreshadowing and allusions. The emotional quotient was high with teens traveling in time, missing parents and potential pairings all in one story. The characters were great and I really connected with them. I was glad that they were all very unique and that they did not mesh perfectly, as in real life people aren’t instant friends.
Into The Dim is an impressive debut and Janet B. Taylor crafted a well told tale. Yes, there were scenes that could have been sharper, but the action and the characters helped keep the story moving. As I have said before, I want to feel with the characters and I was able to do it with Into The Dim. I am excited to see the next in the series in 2017 and what else Taylor may create.
Favorite lines – I have no idea how long it took. How do you track time when you’re living your worst nightmare?
Biggest cliché – That mysterious boy who just appeared, must only want to get to know me with no ulterior motives.
Have you read Into The Dim, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 Debut Author Challenge
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge