Rewrite Redemption by J.H. Walker
Publication date: January 25th 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Time-Travel, Young Adult
She has a secret and her whole life revolves around keeping it. Every few months and with little warning, she simply disappears, pulled into the past for hours or even days. She’s terrified it will happen in front of someone, changing her life forever. So far, the only witnesses have been her parents, and that didn’t end well. She has no control over it and no idea why it happens to her.
She wants answers.
He has answers—at least he understands what’s going on. He has a secret, too. He’s part of an organization that goes back in time to rewrite reality. But he also has a problem. He broke the organization’s number-one rule by altering his own timeline. As punishment, he’s been blocked from time travel, which is most unfortunate. Because the changes he made to his timeline, accidentally resulted in disaster for his family. A disaster he’s now prevented from repairing. No one can travel beneath the organization’s radar except a Shadow. But they’re rare, so rare he’s never even met one.
Then he moves to her town.
Constantine and A.J. both had guilt that they couldn't live with. But luckily for them, there was a way to change it. All they needed was each other.
This was a very interesting book. I was quite a fan of the names and the pop culture references that were in the book.
As one who is hesitant about time travel, this book grabbed me from the start. I think this mostly had to do with the fact that this was about characters who wanted to fix their past.
I couldn't begin to imagine how A.J. and Constantine feel at the start of the book. They're just living without actually living. Even from the first sentence you can tell. "I killed my mother." - A.J. At first I was in shock but then as I continued on, you realize that it was more of a metaphorical meaning. Then we are introduced to Constantine who causes an accident that puts his brother in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. It sort of reminded me of people in a car accident and the driver is the only one who makes it out alive. They just have this guilt that hangs onto them.
A.J. is a shadow, which means she can time travel without being noticed. However Constantine can't, and after being banished from traveling, this is why he needs her.
This book went by at a pretty good pace. There were the few slowish moments, but then again when aren't there.
I loved the incorporation of trees. Seeing A.J. felt more at home around them, made me realize they're a part of nature that we take for granted nowadays.
Overall, great debut and I'd definitely read more from this author. Now, I'm off to go hug a tree.
About the Author
J.H. grew up in Central America. She now lives in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies with her photographer husband and many, many books. In addition to her never-ending study of human behavior, she’s a political junkie and a certified tree hugger. Rewrite Redemption is her debut novel.