The future can be a dangerous place when you changed the past....
Fifteen minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives a person when they travel to the past, but for Lara Crane it's enough for her to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over 10 years ago.
But the story she's been told all her life is a lie. When Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever. A new house, new friends, and a new boyfriend turns Lara's life upside down. She thinks if she can save her father from prison, reunite him with her mother, everything will be fine.
15 Minutes is an edgy high-octane YA thriller where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn't understand, and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he's family.
©2013-2014 Jill Afzelius (P)2014 Jill Afzelius
"15 Minutes" is a YA science fiction thriller that deals with times travel. As I am a sucker for time travel, I felt this book would be right up my alley, and I was not disappointed. Along with paradoxes time travel stories have to offer, there are also a couple of love triangles involved in the story. All in all, I think it is the perfect YA novel and suitable for adults also.
Lara Crane's mother was murdered when she was very young. Being raised by her father is fine with her, even with him not earning great money. She loves her father and he loves her. What Lara misses is her mother. So when time travel becomes available, Lara saves her money and buys a package of several time travels for one low price at Rewind. When people travel back in time, they are only supposed to be holograms and would not be able to interact with their surroundings. But Lara is different. She finds on her very first trip back that she is able to physically touch items and people. And so the plan forms in her mind to save her mother. How great would it be if her father, mother and herself were a family once again.
But Lara has only 15 minutes in each time travel. She has practiced the quickest route to get to the alley where her mother was shot. And so with her last paid time travel, she races to the alley and takes the bullet meant for her mother and thus saves her life. When she wakes up, she finds that more has changed than just her mother being alive. Her father has been imprisoned for the attempted murder of her mother, her mother has married Jax Montgomery and her name is now Lara Montgomery. Her old boyfriend Rick, with whom she shared a special bond, was never involved with her. Living in the well off district, she is now dating Donavan James, son of Senator Patricia James, and only known in Lara's other past as a playboy out for a quick score. And Lara's mother is always working, at Rewind she discovers, and she still never gets to spend any time with her.
She has deep feelings for Rick, but the more she is with Donavan the more her feelings for him grow. She is confused that the past she remembers does not mesh with the present she is living. She is unsure who to turn to with the news of her changing the future. Not to mention her father being in prison, still in love with Lara's mother Miranda, and trying to prove his innocence from behind bars. Lara must find a way to free her father and re-unite their family again. But it isn't going to be easy. Senator James has been secretly funding Rewind's research, most notably Miranda's, which they are hoping to find a subject that can interact with the past for he own sordid gain. When they discover that Lara is the one, the search is on to capture her.
The plot was tightly woven and very readable. I found myself pulling for Lara even though the odds were against her. I heartily recommend this book to any time travel fan as well as those interested in YA reads to fill their summer. A 4 star plus read for me. Very well done.
Wendy Pitt's performance was average at best. She sounded as if she was half asleep or wacked out on drugs, seemingly slurring her words. Maybe it was just her accent, but it took quite a long time for me to get used to it. Also, she didn't seem to try very hard to distinguish the voices of the different characters. Overall, the story was good but the presentation was just average.
I love time travel books, and this has an interesting twist. The narrator is terrible. Her inflection is all wrong on many phrases and she is clearly reading in a rather sing-song manner. Very distracting as you are trying to listen to the story. Her British accent is a joke!
You really never know what is coming. Each jump introduces you to new twists in the plot.
Yes, this could definitely be either a movie or a TV series.
Travel Changes Lives!
Lara Crane is the time traveler and my favorite character. We wonder what is happening right along with her. The more she changes things in time, the more dilemmas develop. She is torn between her "old memories" and the "new memories."
I have listened to several of Wendy Pitt's performances and think this is one of her best. She certainly brings Lara Crane to life and definitely gives each character a distinctive voice. You can feel the excitement mount as she reads.
I definitely did have a reaction to this book and while it didn't make me laugh or cry, it most certainly did stretch my imagination and arouse my curiosity. With every chapter you wonder how can this end well for everyone? And there is a wonderful surprise ending. O. Henry couldn't have done better.
I loved this book -- Read it, you will, too. Time travel is fascinating and this one is a doozie!!!
Probably would be quite a fun read for the average 14-16 year old girl who has a bit of sci fi interest. The book is fairly clean except for one instance where the main character and her boyfriend touch each other in a very intimate fashion that parents may find suggestive and objectionable for young readers.
Enjoyed the twists and turns. Though the plot is familiar, and has been done countless times in sci fi, the twists the author brought to the story were pretty enjoyable. The story could be described in part as a psychological thriller as familiar people are not as they seem. I thought the author did a good job of describing how the world changed with the main character changed the past, and how she reacts to the changed characters and events. The plot has plenty of twists and turns.I found the ending rushed and less than satisfying, but actually this was the intent of the author. I can't say more without spoilers.
The narrator probably would appeal to a 12-14 year old. I'm not sure but I think the narrator probably was a teenage girl. Sure sounded like one, even when reading the dialog from adult characters. Male characters were the worst. She used a ridiculous low tone voice that sounded like of like Jimbo from the Simpsons.
I hate present tense in books. Fortunately listening to first-person is more pleasant than reading it, despite the narrator.
Not a huge fan of this one. I did finish the book but don't plan on reading further unless the books just drop into my lap. More of a middle school book than a young adult or beyond. Very formulaic and convoluted. I didn't buy the premise and too many holes in the story line for me.
"Good story but not for guys"
This is a good time travel story with unique twists and turns.
I would not recommend it for guys though, there was too much girly romance in it. I found those parts uncomfortable to listen too.
The rest of the story was great though and I think females SciFi fans will love it.
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