Erasing Time by C.J. Hill
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 mob-like 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.
Sheridan is used to living in her sister Taylor’s shadow, as Taylor is a literal genius and has a better social life. Echo was also a twin, though his brother died tragically. When the girls are pulled into the future, Echo and his father (experts in 21st century history) are assigned as translators. In Hill’s vision of the future, people in the 25th century speak an altered dialect of English with Spanish words mixed in. Sheridan and Taylor somehow pick it up quickly. Though, the twins learn that people in the future don’t understand any of their idioms or metaphors. It made me aware just how much we use in modern vernacular.
Erasing Time is a thrilling, science fiction tale that both young adults and adults will enjoy. With plenty of suspense, mystery, drama, and a bit of romance this well-paced story was impossible to put down. I enjoyed every bit of the interesting characters, unique dystopic future, and intense and exciting plot. This is definitely one of my favorite reads this year. The events and suspense builds to a pulse-pounding conclusion that left me satisfied, yet not wanting it to end. There is a great potential for sequels, and I certainly hope to see more from this future world. Don’t miss this one.