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Review: Road to Yesterday by Greta Cribbs

Would you travel through time to save your brother’s life? How much would you be willing to sacrifice for the good of your family?

Two brothers fight for their lives in two hospitals, one in 2007 and the other in 2017. Meanwhile their younger sisters, Kim and Violet, find themselves traveling a road where time is no longer constant. The four of them are hurtling toward an unknown future, or an unknown past. Determined to save the lives of both their brothers, Kim and Violet seek the help of a mysterious man who seems to hold the key to everything. Can they find the answers they need before time runs out?

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Song For This Book: Yesterday by The Beatles
Why? I couldn’t resist. It fits too well.

3/5

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

There’s always a bit of hesitation on my part when it comes to time travel books, because they always seem to be really good or really bad and there isn’t a lot in between. But this book looked interesting and I was intrigued by the idea behind it, so I agreed to give it a go.

This book follows four siblings as three of them receive the news that their brother is in the hospital, dying from a mysterious illness. But while on their way, the two younger sisters stop at a diner off the highway and run into no one else but their sick older brother. Only he’s not sick, and he’s ten years younger than he’s supposed to be.

If that’s not a good start to a fantastic family drama and time travel book, I don’t know what is. And once you get into it, the book actually turns out to be decent, which makes it even better. The time travel is well thought out, the characters are interesting, and the whole thing has you scratching your head or yelling at each character in turn until you’ve turned the final pages.

Let’s break this down a bit more, shall we?

The Good Points of Road to Yesterday:

The time travel is so well done. The author has clearly worked out her kinks and while it’s incredibly frustrating as the whole thing is revealed to the reader one detail at a time, you’ll be pleased with the end result. I also loved that the characters referenced other time travel stories and how they worked into their own reality. It made it all the more easy to understand, and it was cool to see those stories referenced in this one.

I liked the relationships between all the siblings. They’ve got a complicated family and therefore complicated relationships with each other, and it’s fun to explore them and how they react to what is happening to them now. It’s also a great insight into how far families will go for one another and how the others deal with those choices.

The writing in this book is fantastic. It’s one of those that has the perfect balance of being written intelligently and well, but not so much so that it makes it a chore to read.

The Downsides of Road to Yesterday:

This book is predominantly dialogue between characters. And it is one of those books where the characters have a lot to talk about, but nothing else but talk really happened because they characters never shut up. I liked a lot of these conversations, but it almost felt like reading a script with lots of blocking included than a novel.

I wanted a lot more character development and history. This is one of those books that has the potential to break your heart, but I didn’t know any of the characters or their backstory well enough to care when things happened. I wish that there had been flashbacks or that the narrator had told stories more, so I could connect more with the characters.

All in all, I did enjoy this book. It had some great time travel in it, and the relationships between all of the siblings were fun. But the excessive dialogue and lack of character history definitely meant that I didn’t connect with it as I would have liked. If you love time travel and want a well done one, or you like unique and complex sibling relationships, you should definitely give this one a go. Especially the time travel.

Find Road to Yesterday on Amazon.

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