by Shanna Lauffey
Have you ever just sat with a finished book in your hand, unable to define the emotions you're feeling but feeling too contemplative to do anything else for a while? Yeah, this one did that. It's been a while since anything else has had that effect on me.
I love that these books are novella length and don't keep me waiting too long to see what happens, but I hate it that they're finished so quickly!
I also love the way this series is developing. Although it's classed as science fiction because it's time travel, the plot has been more like a Mystery and we got some revelations this time. Connections were made for Mason and Julia, plus some new background for Marcus.
Even more fascinating is watching Akalya, aka Kallie, develop. Her experiences over the past few years have had a significant effect on her outlook and I'm seeing the changes in her, but don't want to go into detail because those not as far along in the series will enjoy it more without spoilers.
All I can say is that this is a brilliant series and I'm already gasping for the next episode, although this one finished in a comfortable place. No cliffhangers. I am, however, wondering how a possible new dynamic with Mason might develop and what part Connor, the new character, will play in further episodes. He's a charismatic character and I get the feeling that we've hardly begun to get to know him. I'm also wondering about how his split loyalties will affect his actions.
The one frustrating thing is that we've been given a time loop. I trust that the Physics will be explained eventually, but I'm docking half a star for not giving me resolution this episode!
So lots of questions answered, but new ones presented. It takes a lot of skill to do that in a series. I wonder how much outlining the author does because it all seems to fall into place as if it were planned in advance, yet feels spontaneous while reading. This series makes me feel such a spectrum of emotions that I can't get enough of it. Roll on Episode Five!
This book wasn't what I expected, which isn't a bad thing. It slowed down my reading a bit--that and being hardcover--but once I got the swing of the story it worked pretty well.
I thought it was going to be a fairly simple story of young lesbian love overcoming all obstacles. Well, I won't spoil it, but there was a lot more going on. Farizan uses the basis of two girls in love to explore the secret lives of LGBT people in Iran, a world of payoffs, corruption, and the ever-present possibility of a police sanctioned stoning. Or just a random police-inflicted torture/beating.
Knowing that this is the way whole countries operate--because I read Daily Kos; I know what's going on--somehow didn't prepare me for experiencing it from another's POV the way Farizan enables us to do.
Although ***Mild Spoiler Alert*** it has a happy enough ending, there's just no substitute for a country where freedom is technically legal, often achievable, and most of all expected.