There’s a lot to unpack. When using a plot that surrounds time-travel, its execution depends on the establishment of various settings because the author is describing the similarities and differences between the multiple timeframes. I felt that Greer was not able to write this properly; throughout the book, I was left confused on which world Greta entered because they were all described similarly. The author didn’t use the timeframes to his advantage enough to properly establish a historical setting that differs from the other timeframes. I also felt that Greer was attempting to be literary and impactful in his writing, but it fell short. A common metaphor that Greer used was along the lines of “there were commas under his eyes.” This metaphor was very confusing; what did the commas represent? The writing in this book was also extremely formal, which I found unnecessary. Greer overused perfect past tense and refrained from using contractions in sentences, even though these two writing techniques didn’t add effect. One thing that I will applaud Greer on is his establishment of voice. He wrote in the perspective of a woman perfectly and it was difficult for me to comprehend the fact that a man wrote this book. I rate this book ⅕ stars and recommend it for ages 12 and up.
@ilovefood of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board