Friday, June 11, 2010
Beyond the Map's Boundary by Nibi Soto
From Good Reads: All Mattie Bott and Trevor Karington have ever known were unusually happy, stable lives without any hint as to who they really are. Suddenly, Mattie starts seeing into the future and witnessing historical events appearing on particles of light. Unknowingly, Mattie was born into a family of Trekkers (time travelers). In order to save Mattie from dissolving into the core of time, Trevor becomes her Splitter (time link), making it possible for her to return to the present following each Divvy (time travel) to the past. With the accidental discovery of the Rings of Prather Mendell, Trevor now shares many of her powers as her partner. Together they try to foil the plan of the Interloper (an illicit time traveler from the future), who will stop at nothing to possess the secret, supernatural abilities of the time travelers and the forbidden powers of the rings.
My Take: When I first started this book I was completely lost. I had no idea what a Divvy was and why were these people running all around the forest looking for a Double-Down and what was a Double -down anyway. And why did they just kinda blow off the whole getting their window smashed and then go on a picnic. After I had read about half the book I was finally understanding what was going on (sortof) and then the next time I picked it up to read it I noticed the Dictionary and Terms page at the very end. Finally something to bring order to chaos. Okay so I finally understood.
With understanding came enjoyment, so the second half of the books was much better for me. I think if the Terms page was at the beginning it would make everything a bit more understandable.
This book would make a great read for tween readers. The action is almost non stop and you are never sure of what is going to happen next. Not sure if I am on board with the two main characters getting married after just one date and claiming to be in love but I understood how it moved the story forward.
I found some of the dialogue a bit choppy but I don't think that it would take away from the enjoyment of the story for the target audience.
I would give this book a 3 out of five stars because of the whole not knowing what was going on thing. But if your tween or even yourself likes adventure story with time travel thrown in This would be a good book for you. (Just make sure you read the back page first).
I received a free copy for review purposes.
If you are interested in buying this book
The authors website is here.