All Emery Land wants is to be like any other seventeen year old—to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal. But for as long as she can remember, she’s suffered from something akin to seizures. And in recent years they’ve consumed her life. To Emery they're much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to mysterious places. The loops are taking their toll on her physically. So she practically lives in the hospital where her scientist father and an ever-growing team of doctors monitor her every move. Although they don’t believe her claims of time travel, the doctors are extremely interested in the data they collect when Emery seizes – too interested. What is it they think she is capable of? Is she tapping into never-before-used parts of the brain? Is this clairvoyance of some sort? Telepathy? Or something else completely?
When Emery encounters a young boy—a guide of sorts who offers cryptic warnings—she intuitively knows she must decipher his clues to uncover what is really happening to her. Escaping from the hospital, she travels to Esperanza, the town from her loops in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where she meets a guarded and mysterious good Samaritan, Asher Clarke. A series of coincidences draw them together, and Emery quickly realizes that their individual mysteries – their singular secrets -- might not be so separate after all. With time running out for Emery, they must unravel their complicated connection before it's too late.
In her gorgeously crafted page-turning debut, Gina Linko offers readers a stunning blend of science fiction and romance.
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From the very start of this book, I really felt sorry for Emery, for many reasons. One reason is that she suffers from seizures that she cannot control and I can't imagine what kind of toll that would take on her. The other reason was that, because of these seizures, she has to stay at the hospital and it appears that her father would like to keep it that way.
The story really begins when we see what happens when Emery has her seizures because they are not normal seizures. Every time she blacks out, she is somewhere else completely. Gradually, over time and many seizures later, it seems as though she is visting the same place time and time again and, to make it more interesting, she meets a boy who is giving her clues that she must figure out.
I liked the strength of Emery and the fact that she has the courage to stand up for what she wants to do and when she knows what that is, she goes in search of the truth.
There was something different about this story and that was what drew me in and kept me reading until the very end. Putting the pieces of the this story together and figuring out what was going on at the same time as Emery certainly kept me on my toes...
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