Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Book Review: Erasing Time (Erasing Time #1)

Release Date: August 28, 2012
Author: C. J. Hill
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Length: 368 pages

When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that's so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can't go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. Taylor and Sheridan have to find a way out of the city before the government discovers their secrets. To complicate matters, the moblike Dakine has interest in getting hold of them too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.


Characters: Erasing Time centers around twins Sheridan and Taylor. Taylor is a physics genius, outgoing,  and outspoken, whereas Sheridan is an English genius, introverted, and stubborn. Even though these twins begin to develop some of the other's traits, there is no other character development for these two. They seem too knowledgeable to be relateable, they realize the dystopian society they are transported to almost immediately. I was sad that I couldn't see them mess up very much, other than being distrusting of everyone in this  society, they don't make any mistakes and are too well equipped for the story to progress very far.

Romance: The romance in this story was bland and tasteless. There was some drama but not enough to make it compelling. The romance happens too quickly between Echo and Sheridan, I was hoping for a good drama scene between the two or for there to be a love triangle somewhere, but nothing really happened. 

Predictability: This was way too predictable, except for a few secrets stashed randomly throughout the book, and a big secret that I was pleasantly surprised at. Other than that however, it sorely lacked in originality and some places when I couldn't see it coming it would be because I gave the book too much credit and it fell short. 

Ending: The ending also fell short, there wasn't much memorable about it, and the ending sentence was just sad. Even some of the other books I've read that had plateau like endings had better finishing sentences than this one. I really hoped that the ending would be the redeeming quality, but it wasn't.


While I never thought I'd actually finish reading this book, there were some enjoyable parts, though fairly small, spread throughout the book. I had really wished there was some, any, sort of character development to this book and some actual romance instead of the dry and tasteless stuff we're given. Regardless of the fact I didn't like it that much I did like it enough that I'll probably continue the series.


  1. I really like the way this one looks. I wasn't sure when I read the blurb a while back but now that I've read your review, I don't think I'll be picking it up ;( Shame. I like the cover.

  2. I love the cover and premise of this one, but it sounds very disappointing in terms of structure and characters development... or lack thereof! Thanks for an honest review.