Time-travel used to only be a thing of hardcore sci-fi. It has only been within the last few years that it has become a more mainstream trope as authors started making time-travel less a thing of machines and more a thing of extraordinary genetic make-up. Myra McEntire’s Hourglass is one such novel.
Since right before her parents died, Emerson Cole has thought she was crazy, seeing people from the past wherever she looked. Basically driven crazy by what she sees, Emerson’s much older brother and now legal guardian, Thomas, sends her away to school plied with plenty of meds to keep her sane. Now she is back home for her senior year and off her meds, and the strange visitors are back. Thomas’s newest attempt to help his baby sister comes in the form of Michael Weaver, a college-aged consultant for a strange organization called the Hourglass. Emerson thinks this guy is going to be a bust just like everyone else her brother has hired to help her, but she quickly realizes that Michael is different. First off, he is hot, and secondly, he can see the same things she can. Deciding to trust him, Emerson quickly learns she has the power to travel back in time…as long as she is with Michael. And Michael desperately needs her to do so in order to save a life.
From the first page, McEntire immediately draws the reader in. The mechanics of Emerson’s abilities and what the Hourglass and similar institutions do is very well thought out, making for a believable reality. Once the reader is immersed in this world, it is impossible to get out. McEntire’s characters come to effortless life on the page, showing amazing prowess for a debut author. Aside from wonderful characters and a detailed world, the plot is intense with plenty of mystery to keep it moving at a steady pace.
- Reading level: Ages 12 and up
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: EgmontUSA (June 14, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606841440
- ISBN-13: 978-1606841440