Here we are treading several genres: dystopian, romance, YA, and time travel. And as with the saying too many cooks spoil the soup, so too does it feel like the author tried to do a little too much in this story. The concept of your future self guiding your present self, all controlled by a dystopian evil government (aren’t they all?) is an interesting premise but the lack of layered and nuanced writing, as well as a ‘too dumb to live’ main character really let the story down. Call this dystopian fatigue – there are much better books out there and this one really failed to live up to expectations.
In Abigail’s dystopian world, everyone knows when they will die and are given 15 minutes with their future self when they become of age. When Abi goes to meet her future self, she realizes quickly something isn’t roght. Well telegraphed plot points will tell us that Abi is a very special unique snowflake and the evil, but very stupid, dystopian government is going to want to get her. For killing Abi in the past will mean that her future self won’t destroy the government. Along the way she’ll meet a blue eyed boy hiding outside the boundaries of her city just waiting for the chance to meet her. And all the young men will hit on her because she’s so beautiful and special.
For a story like this, we really do need a credible villain. And we need a heroine who can put 2 and 2 together without freaking out or overreacting and stomping off in a huff (or getting jealous of the girls staring at her cute mysterious blue eyed boy). Plot points are plopped heavily into the beginning and there is no mystery to the story; rather, we are left wondering how a) the government never figured out who she was and took action immediately and b) how she never figured it out when her future self could time travel and just tell her. It’s yet another case where it only takes one person actually saying what is going on so everyone can act accordingly. But then again, if that happened, the story would be over in 10 pages.
I really didn’t enjoy this book and will not be continuing. There are much better dystopian out there and this really feels like it is riding on the coattails of the dystopan popularity without bringing anything new to it.
Reviewed from an ARC.