ARC Review: Waking in Time by Angie Stanton

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Genre: Young-Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 362
Series: No
Release Date: March 1, 2017

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1 Star

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Waking in Time is about a girl who, one day, wakes up to discover that she’s travelled back in time and that whenever she goes to sleep at night, she travels farther back; first 1983, then 1970, and so on. She finds out that there’s another person, a boy named Will, who travels further in time. They fall in love and now they have to find out how to stop travelling in time so they can find each other again. And there’s also the complication of finding a missing baby…

But the baby is more of an afterthought and I don’t even know what the point of adding him/her to the novel was.

I really liked the concept of the book and the fact that it was set in a contained loop (like in Harry Potter) where you can’t go back and change the future because that change has already been taken into account in the present (it’s a bit hard to explain).

But the book doesn’t live up to its promise. While the writing wasn’t bad, the dialogue was not good. The author, it seems, didn’t put much effort into finding out how people talked in the past. Maybe a brief Google search and nothing else. And what made it worse was that she did realize that she had to make them sound different but didn’t care.

Her efforts went as far as, Oh, It’s been two pages! Quick, write something really obvious to remind the reader that this is the past or that the protagonist is from the future! 

It did not work. It was usually eye-roll inducing. A few examples:

“Are you going all woo woo on me?” I tease.
His brow wrinkles. “I don’t understand. What is woo woo?”
I laugh. “It’s believing in spirits and special powers.”

And:

“Why would you have yourself tattooed?” he asks.
“In my time we call it a tat.”

Now, ‘tat’ I could almost, almost, ignore. But ‘woo woo‘? Have you ever heard this phrase used? Because I haven’t. Absolutely ridiculous.

On top of that, Abbi has to be one of the dumbest protagonists I’ve ever come across and I’m pretty sure it was because the author didn’t know what to do with a smart one. I mean, if she were smart, she would have thought about things and been curious for answers. That would’ve been a disaster because the book doesn’t provide answers. Just a half-assed (more like a tenth-assed) explanation for only one of a dozen things. That’s it.

Also, I like a strong female character as much as anyone else, but I would rather not have it shoved down my throat by a whiny idiot with a short fuse. For example:

“the future women are strong, they aren’t all ‘helpless, poor me’, like so many women in this time.”

This was said by a girl who, in a tantrum, took a boat out in a lake right before a rain storm even though she could barely row, and managed to get herself stuck but losing one oar. And a girl who was clinging to a dude’s “hard chest” because of darkness and bats. *rolls eye*

Then there was other stupid stuff like Abbi telling Will that investing in Apple will help him make money (because it’s apparently that easy) or her conveniently forgetting things so that the plot could move on, or hours going by in a matter of minutes because the author didn’t know what she should make Abbi do in that time. There were actually a lot of convenient things that were there to make the author’s job easier.

Honestly, the more I think, the more flaws I see. And this review has already gotten very long so I’m going to stop now, even though I could quote so many lines that make this book sound even dumber. It does a bad job of time travel and a bad job of romance.

Just… don’t read it.

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