25 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

The Time Travel Journals: Bridgebuilders by Marlene Dotterer

My book club read The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder last year and it was one of the favorites. We all loved it. It was so rich in history and a fabulous storyline to boot – it had a little bit of something for everyone. It had a little bit of science fiction, history, romance. It was fabulous – go read it. Now.

This book, however, fell way short of our expectations. It definitely suffered from “the sequels”. Sequels are hard to pull of and this one fell flat. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad book, but it was just a blip on our radar. The overall response was “meh” from the group. It was an easy read and most of is ready it pretty quickly, but it just didn’t have the zip that the first novel had.

While I understand that the book had to move forward in time, we all felt the reason for it was unreasonable – there could have been a better storyline and reason for the disruption. It is definitely a bridge to a book 3 and hopefully the 3rd book will be back to the author’s awesome plot lines.

Having said that, the writing was superb. The book was well edited. I really like this author and I’ll definitely be looking for book 3 to see where this story goes next.

I SO wanted to like this book, it was my month to choose for book club, but it was really “just okay”.

Recommended for fans of Shipbuilder – so they can follow the story to the next book.

The second novel in the Time Travel Journal series

The second universe is doing fine. But how is the first one faring?

When Sam Altair went back in time to 1906, he created a second universe, one with its own alternate future. In this universe, humans surpass the technology of the first, so that by 1980, their world is cleaner, more free, and less populated than the original.

In the alternate universe, a second Sam Altair is born in 1946. As he carries on the original Sam’s work, young Sam discovers how to build a bridge back to the first universe. In 1980, he prepares to make the trip, along with his partner, Sarah Andrews. In the first timeline, the year is 2080, and Sam and Sarah find a planet that is reeling under the effects of advanced climate change, its human population decimated by famines, wars, and pandemics. The few billion who remain are hanging on by the threads of religious law and totalitarian regimes.

Taken prisoner by a powerful cartel, Sam and Sarah escape with two young scientists who are on the run from a death sentence. They hope to find an elusive rebel army and offer their assistance in return for protection. The price is steep, for the rebels are facing a bloody attack that might destroy their organization for good, and trap Sam and Sarah in this universe forever.

And Sam’s bridges have just made them the most wanted people on the planet.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2013: 45

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