Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Sparks Of Light, book two in the Into he Dim series! After you’ve read my thoughts, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win one of three finished copies.
I received this galley in consideration for an honest review.Sparks Of Light by Janet B. Taylor
Series: Into The Dim #2
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on August 1, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel
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For the first time in her life, Hope Walton has friends . . . and a (maybe) boyfriend. She’s a Viator, a member of a long line of time-traveling ancestors. When the Viators learn of a plan to steal a dangerous device from the inventor Nikola Tesla, only a race into the past can save the natural timeline from utter destruction. Navigating the glitterati of The Gilded Age in 1895 New York City, Hope and her crew will discover that high society can be as deadly as it is beautiful.
Rose is now back in Scotland, still trying to recover from her ordeal in medieval England and with the realization that her mother is alive. There are a lot of adjustments and realizations, not just for Rose, but for her friends and for her mother, as well. It quickly become apparent that their work to stop Celia is not done and they soon embark on a risky venture to stop their rivals from stealing an important object from Tesla. I felt right away that Rose had grown and that her experiences had changed the way she saw her family and the world. The danger that Celia and her group pose to the Viators and the world never leaves them and it is a weight that presses on Rose. As with book one, I really loved the way the Viators stuck together and supported each other. They have become Rose’s family and we get to learn a little more about them in Sparks of Light. I felt a little more connected to the characters in this book.
When the Viators go to 1895 New York City to find Tesla and stop the theft of his device, they are thrown into another adventure in a time period that has its own perils. The description of what life was like at that time showed the detailed research that went into this book. The descriptions of the poverty and other social impacts of intense industrialization really painted a picture of what life was like for those who struggled. It also had a fascinating side plot regarding the way people, particularly women, with mental health problems were treated. The scenes in the asylum were horrifying and carried extra weight because the “treatments” that the patients underwent were all really performed on women. Of course, this was all made even more nail-biting because of the heroic rescues and hidden identities. Overall, the pacing was very good and the movement of the story never stopped. There were twists and turns that the Viators had to navigate as well as brushes with historical figures (I loved that). Thought I wasn’t sure if I would like this book as much as Into The Dim (book one), I really enjoyed the new scenery. I am looking forward to the next book in this series!
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