I LOVE time travel novels, especially when they have historical connections. When I read the first sentence describing this book (not the first sentence of the book), I KNEW I had to read it.
"In a future where time travel has been outlawed, a black market exists for anyone with the money, connections, and nerve to request items from days past."
My imagination began to run wild. What would I want to have brought back to me from the past, if I had the money?
Stassi is a runner. This means she is one who goes back in time to retrieve items requested by clients of The Syndicate. The book begins in the middle of a jump that is not going as planned. When she and her partner, Gaige, return to the present (for us it is the distant future), they don't think they will be jumping again for some time. Instead they find themselves with the opportunity to jump to 1920s Paris in order to look for a lost manuscript.
I love the development of the story. There is not a great deal of detail explaining how The Syndicate was started, but as the story progresses you learn bits and pieces about the background. One of my favorite parts of the story is how far in the future the story takes place 2446. I was tickled that Stassi and roommate / best friend Molly, still have to use a remote for the television! It is hard to say I enjoyed reading about the history leading to the destruction of books, but it was a very interesting way to lead into the central topic of locating the manuscript. It was fascinating to read about the interaction of Stassi and Gaige with historical figures such as Ernest Hemmingway, his wife Hadley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein.
I am thrilled to say this is the first book in a new series by Sophie Davis (pseudonym of two best friends) ~ Timewaves. I cannot wait for the second book to come out so I can see what Stassi and Gaige will be up to next. I highly recommend the book to those who love time travel, history, romance, and just a great read. It is listed as a YA (young adult) book, but I think it will be enjoyed by those from 15 - 115!
**To comply with new guidelines set forth by the Federal Trade Commission, Sophie Davis book, has provided a complimentary electronic copy of this title for review purposes. This review is my opinion and is in no way influenced by the author, or any other person or company associated with the author.