I was really excited to get INTO THE DIM by Janet B. Taylor in the mail. I love books about time travel, and this cover looked really great. When I read the description and it takes place in Scotland, I was really intrigued. HELLO! Outlander for teens?? Yes!
But there have been quite a few things as I've been reading, made me think that this book isn't going to be for me. The first thing I noticed, was that the main character was very judgmental (calling basically every other girl mindless, blonde and slutty). I don't mind this so much, if there is growth happening, but I didn't get the sense that that was going to happen. Maybe it does, and if so, that's cool.
My biggest issue right now, though, is that the storyline is just not grabbing me. I'm not sure if it's the writing, which isn't bad, or the story itself, but I just don't feel a desire to pick it back up and read it. I've had a couple of conversations on Twitter with people who have mentioned feeling the same way, and that it didn't really get any better for them. Which makes me have even less desire to pick it back up. So far I just feel very meh about it, and I don't have any patience for meh anymore.
However, I'm not completely decided. If you have read this book, and you really loved it, let me know what you loved about it, and if I should keep going. I'm about 20% in, so it could go either way.
Should I read . . . or ditch?
When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. And she's alive, though currently trapped in the twelfth century, during the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Passing through the Dim, Hope enters a brutal medieval world of political intrigue, danger, and violence. A place where any serious interference could alter the very course of history. And when she meets a boy whose face is impossibly familiar, she must decide between her mission and her heart—both of which could leave Hope trapped in the past forever.
Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.