Book Review : Through To You


Through to You by Emily Hainsworth Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. He’d give anything to have just one more glimpse of her. But when Cam visits the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees an apparition. Her name is Nina, and she’s a girl from a parallel world. When Cam follows here there and makes an unbelievable discovery, it’s as if all his wildest dreams have come true. But things are very different in this other world. Nina is hiding a secret, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with the truth, he’s forced to make a choice that will change his life forever.

Title : Through to You
Author : Emily Hainsworth
ISBN : 9780062094193
Copyright : 2012
Pages : 264

Strengths

  • Intriguing idea! The idea of parallel worlds and the consequences of our actions is amazing. I loved exploring it more. It’s fascinating to imagine the possible scenarios; what if? What if Cam had recovered from his football injury? What if the accident was different?
  • Smooth writing drew me in. It flowed cleanly and wrapped me up in the action while I was reading.

Weaknesses

  • Lack of communication between characters was frustrating. It seemed designed to manufacture conflict and plot. If Nina and Cam had just shared what they knew, the resulting confusion and close calls could have been eliminated or lessened.
  • No explanation and little hypothesizing about what created the rift that allowed them to cross over, and what caused it to close. Sometimes science can and should be fuzzy in character driven scifi, but the sheer lack of interest in this phenomenon was unbelievable.
  • Characterization was weak. Camden was the only one fully fleshed out, but that may have had to do with the first person narrative. The secondary characters were a bit thin. Nina was a bit too good, too calm, too accepting. Viv was a caricature of a possessive girlfriend. Mike was too accepting of a friend’s crappy behavior.
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