by Elizabeth Norris
Published April 24th 2012
by Balzer + Bray
I have very high expectation of this book after reading all the rave reviews it has been garnering on the web. Although the book has quite an original storyline and not just putting some twist on the same tried and true formula, I was not quite blown away by it.
Janelle is a strong character and I'm glad that she's not some damsel in distress type waiting to be rescued by some guy although she was saved by Ben early on. She's a part time life guard on the beach, she's taking care of her family because her mother is bipolar and a loyal friend to Alex.
Unfortunately she makes stupid decisions sometimes and it really bugged me that she can recklessly get drunk or just run off somewhere in the middle of the night just to meet some guy. I don't know why the actions of these fictional teen characters starting to bugged me more and more lately. All the parents seemed to be absent most of the time and the kids can pretty much do what they want which is really troubling.
The action started pretty late in the book and although Ben did save Janelle in the beginning, I think the bulk of the story is about how Janelle is coping with all of it and her family troubles. Not to mention her relationship conflicts with her supposedly ex-best friend, her not quite boyfriend and her male best friend which frankly speaking does not interest me at all. The mystery is only revealed half way through the story and after that everything is sort of rushed along. I know so many people are confused with the sci-fi elements of the story and I must say I'm quite confused myself. However, the concept of parallel dimension is certainly very intriguing and the idea behind the book is very unique although the execution left a lot to be desired.
Recommended for: Sci-fi fans
Verdict: 3 stars.
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Available on: Amazon