The organization Lighthouse specializes monitoring and manipulating time via the use of genetically enhanced individuals, or Droppers, and their anchors to the present, Trackers. When the novel begins, the Dropper William has gone rogue, citing religious reasons, seeking to destroy Lighthouse and prevent timeline manipulation. The Dropper sent to retrieve and stop him, Darius, has a long history with William – the two men knew one another in 1187.
Despite the requirement of hormone blocker medication taken by both Droppers and Trackers to prevent attachments forming, Darius and his Tracker, Nicolette, feel a strong attraction toward one another – one that Nicolette fears may not only be attributed to having run out of her meds a few days before Darius’s appearance. With the express purpose of locating and stopping William, Nicolette and Darius literally must race against time to avert the imminent disaster that could be unleashed.
The technique of switching between points of view for each chapter does not always go smoothly, as a few times the characters make reference to an event that just occurred, yet the reader had no inkling of it and is left second-guessing themselves as to whether or not they missed something. The narrative lacks the necessary spark to completely engage the reader in the story or the characters up until near the end when an interesting twist occurs that provides an alternate perspective on the whole. Darius, the most intriguing character due to his living of multiple lifetimes, is also the most sympathetic and fully-developed.
Though a fascinating premise, Drop by S.J. Edward struggles a bit in its execution and readers may have difficulty understanding what exactly is going on much of the time. The author does provide a glossary of terms and functions at the end, but the electronic format of the text means that accessing this tool is not as easy as the reader might wish. Fans of the technical aspects of the possibilities of time travel not as concerned with characterization and story development in their fiction may well enjoy this interesting approach to the theory.
- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Crescent Moon Press (February 10, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981848486
- ISBN-13: 978-0981848488
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