Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins
YA, Sci-Fi, Time Travel
HarperTeen | February 5, 2019
Seattle, 1913 // Dorothy is trapped. Forced into an engagement to a wealthy man just so she and her mother can live comfortably for the rest of their days, she’ll do anything to escape. Including sneaking away from her wedding and bolting into the woods to disappear.
New Seattle, 2077 // Ash is on a mission. Rescue the professor—his mentor who figured out the secret to time travel—so together they can put things right in their devastated city. But searching for one man means endless jumps through time with no guarantee of success.
When Dorothy collides with Ash, she sees it as her chance to start fresh—she’ll stow away in his plane and begin a new life wherever they land. Then she wakes up in a future that’s been ripped apart by earthquakes and floods; where vicious gangs rule the submerged city streets and a small group of intrepid travelers from across time are fighting against the odds to return things to normal. What Dorothy doesn’t know is that she could hold the key to unraveling the past—and her arrival may spell Ash’s ultimate destruction.
This book is told from two points of view, Ash and Dorothy. Dorothy is a con artist from the past and Ash is a pilot originally from the 1940s but now lives in 2077. Ash is looking for the professor that has gone back in time but Ash has no clue where, so he has been going back in time to different places to find him. One of these trips, Dorothy stows away on his ship and goes back to 2077 with him. Dorothy is kidnapped by Ash’s old friend Roman and finds the professor’s journal where Roman has her held and she manages to escape setting forth the rest of the story. Does she make it back to her time or does something else entirely happen?
I really liked all the characters in this book. Dorothy is a sixteen-year-old, living in the early 1900s, forever running cons with her mother. Her mom has taught her not to trust anyone because “people always want something in return.” I think throughout the story Dorothy comes to believe that that is not always true. I like Ash’s character because he is determined to find the professor and is silently fighting his own battle throughout the story as well. (I can’t tell you more because I don’t want to spoil it).
Zora and Willis are probably my favorite two supporting characters, although all of the characters, supporting or otherwise, were amazing. Zora is the professor’s daughter and she has been trying to figure out, along with Ash, where/when her father has gone. Since the mega-quake (yes I said mega-quake) and losing her mother and maybe her father too, Zora has kept her emotions locked down. Despite being the world’s strongest man, Willis is a sweetheart and honestly even I’d love to be his friend.
The story itself starts off a little slow, but then it picks up and you will not want to put it down. There’s fighting, there’s time travel, there’s betrayal and even a little romance. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I’m so glad I requested it on Edelweiss. It’s supposed to be the first in a series and I’m sad that it will probably be a little while before the next book comes out since this one is being published. I will wait patiently (not really), but I will wait for the next book. If you enjoy books about time travel, I’m sure you will enjoy this one!
Thank you Edelweiss and HarperTeen for an advanced reader copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review.