For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.
But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.
It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.
Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.
And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.
(My) Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars
(My) Actual Rating: 3.5/5 stars
In the beginning of this book I thought of it as a 3-star-rating.But it went up to 3.5 throughout the next 200-300 pages! I didn’t know whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars GR…
It was a really good read, but did it deserve 4 stars? I mean I tend to rate the book higher than it is and 3 stars sounds kind of bad to me, although they’re not. That’s why 3 stars didn’t do justice in my opinion for his great book.
As I was near the ending it became better again. At the end of the book it was clear to me: 4 stars.
My actual rating is still 3.5, but for Goodreads 4 stars will do. 🙂
I actually tweeted MG Buehrlen, the author, at my first breakdown in this book.
She tweeted back.
This books rips you apart – I serious. It builds up, then builds even higher and then PANG! You shatter into tiny little pieces. That’s when I tweeted. It was at about 30% of the book. It was the saddest part, but not the only one. And were only at 30%!
I was literally crying a river over this sad love story (I guess you can count that part as one). It had the worst thing possible: oblivion. And I don’t mean the Augustus-Waters-way. That’s for little kids. I mean it in the you-had-an-unforgetable-night-with-the-boy-of-your-dreams-and-have-to-make-him-forget-it-way. Oh and you had your first kiss that night. Trust me, this is hard.
She, Alex the main person, has to deal with his impact on her emotions several times in the future and it will be confusing and breaking her all over again.
The ending was first tough and rough, but then really smooth. BUT I want to read the sequel like RIGHT NOW! I want to read on so badly, but I can’t and won’t tell you why, because this is a non-spoiler review. And I don’t plan on ruining the whole book for you. 😉
The sequel is coming out in Spring 2015 and it’s already mid-February, but there is neither a cover nor a synopsis/blurb by now! *cry*
I grip the mug so hard it’s in danger of cracking in two. Of course he won’t stop.
– page 184
Teaser from Tuesday #23 :
“Brække halsen.” Break her neck.
– page 370
PS: Alex was a great and strong character. She didn’t doubt herself permanently like others do. *annoyed face*
PS2: The 20’s were my favourite! #blueandsousaforever
PS3: This review is written about an hour after finishing this book. I normally don’t write them that early! 😉