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Gr 7 Up-Twins Sheridan and Taylor are snatched from their comfortable home and dragged 400 years into the future by scientists with dubious intentions and a time machine. While the science strains credulity, it's really just a device to set the twins up in the future. Present at their arrival is historian and wordsmith Echo, charged with acting as translator and then babysitter when the scientists realize that the girls are not the groundbreaking scientist whom they intended to pull forward. The future is both too comfortable, breeding a clueless citizenry oblivious to the rampant pollution and lawlessness outside their domed cities, and slightly menacing. Silly fashions and frivolity mask a society riddled with corruption and a Big Brother state that has outlawed religion of any kind. In order to escape a mind wipe, the siblings enlist the help of Echo, who has connections with the mafialike Dakine, and the "doctors" who are the underground preservers of religion that conduct like-minded believers out of the city to a safe haven. The twins' use of idiom as a means of secret communication is amusing, and the gentle romance between Echo and Sheridan will attract some readers, but the strong religious themes make this book a better choice for readers of Christian fiction looking for something with a sci-fi twist.-Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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When 18-year-old twins Sheridan and Taylor are sucked into the year 2447, they’re thrust into the middle of a power play between a government that controls all aspects of citizens’ lives and two rebel factions fighting to break free. Pseudo science dovetails with quick-paced action as an instant attraction sparks between Sheridan and Echo, a handsome translator who isn’t being entirely truthful about his motivations to help them escape. It’s a little convenient that the girls are a minister’s daughters, able to follow a type of religious underground railroad to find a path to safety among the rebels, but their background fits neatly with the repeated themes of duality, faith, and sacrifice (along with a healthy dose of well-deserved paranoia) that permeate the story. Hill leaves the ending wide open for a sequel, and the combination of action and romance—which has become a trademark of the ever-growing trend of dystopian series—will make readers eager for the next installment. Grades 8-12. --Charli Osborne

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Product Details

  • Series: Erasing Time (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1 edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062123920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062123923
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CJ Hill is a pen name for a YA author who is best known for writing romantic comedies. (Slayers will be her 18th published book.) Her writing has shifted away from the romantic comedy genre, so her editor thought a pen name would be a good idea. (New books will include: dangerous dragons, time travel to dystopian worlds, and flesh-eating beetles.) Since the publisher refused to let her have the pseudonym : The Artist Formerly Referred to as Princess, she chose a name to honor her mother. CJ Hill was her mother's pen name, or at least it would have been if her mother had published. Her mother wrote a few children's books and a middle grade novel but was taken by cancer before she had fully learned the craft.

(Most writers' first novels aren't publishable. CJ Junior's first novel wasn't, but somehow was published anyway. Now, even though it is out of print, it remains forever available on Amazon, where it taunts her with its badness. This was another good reason to use a pen name.)
CJ Hill has five children, three of whom like her on any given day depending on who is in trouble. She has lived in Arizona for the last half of her life, but is still in desert denial and hopes that one day her garden will grow silver bells and cockle shells or maybe just tomatoes.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Inky on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE LOVE LOVE anything by Janette Rallison/C.J.Hill. She takes very cool ideas and makes them unique, funny and a totally joyride. So naturally I was very excited to hear about this new dystopia novel, let alone win a copy from CJ. (Thank You!)

I totally loved the society. It had many of the familiar Dystopian elements while having a unique trend and feel to it! It wasn't overdone either. It was right and good and awesome. :) YAY dystopia. So we have these twins with two different personalities and all of a sudden they are whisked away into the future. Then they learn they can't get back. YIKES. Panic time. Sheridan and Taylor find themselves in a pretty twisty predicament with no easy way out.

I wish I could spill my guts about things, but alas, no. Let me just say that I liked the realistical reaction of the girls, and thatI was easy to connect with Sheridan. I really wish Taylor had gotten her own POV moments, because she'd have a CRAZY GENIUS voice. YAY! But even without her, I still loved her character and getting to know her. are the riddle, wrapped in a mystery.You're hot, and full of secrets. You've got an interesting voice. Yet, as a romantic move to fast! That was my main issue with the romance. Obv, it's Insta-Attraction. But it was still fast to when they Kiss. After that I didn't feel as much development or their characters and relationship, something I totally love. So while that could've been showed more, I don't condemn them. They're gonna be so great in the next book!

The plot was MAGNIFIQUE! Secrets, logic, genius brains, smart problem solving, BETRAYAL, ack ack ack. YES. One thing I found really interesting was how she used Religious phrases/names as a Code. No, I'm not telling you anything else.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on September 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Once Upon a Twilight on October 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm not a huge fan of dystopian books or sci-fi books, but this one had me intrigued. The front cover is cool with the profiles of two female faces on both sides of the cover facing each other, and an hourglass in between them with the "sands" of time actually being binary code. Huh. Different, right?!

The action in this story starts within the first few chapters. We meet Taylor and Sheridan Bradford, 18 year-old twins who are just trying to make it through college. Sheridan aspires to be an English professor and Taylor is destined for greatness since she is a genius. She graduated high school at age 13 and college at 16, and was working on a graduate degree in particle physics. See what I mean-genius. They have two younger brothers and their father was a minister. They were making plans to go to a movie when they noticed a small ball of light floating in the middle of their bedroom--definitely an optical illusion, right? They walked closer to check it out and they got sucked into the light. Thinking they were dead, or worse, they woke up in a strange place floating in mid-air behind a glass wall...with a room filled with strange looking men staring at them.

Through the course of the story we meet Jeth and Echo. Echo is smart, like Taylor, and a computer guru, and a twin. Jeth is the father of Echo and Joseph Monterro and they live in the future. Taylor and Sheridan were "strained" through time to the year 2447. The society in the future has no live animals, very strange and questionable fashion choices, and an overbearing government. The people in the future do not believe in any kind of religion and don't believe in doctors either.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristin A. Scearce on September 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I usually don't read Sci-Fi, but when I read the premise for this book, I thought it sounded pretty interesting, so I gave it a shot and entered the giveaway. I'm glad I did, because it was a really good book!!

The first chapter had me wondering if I was going to like it, as it seemed kind of "out there" to me. But once the second chapter started, introducing Sheridan and Taylor, I started getting into it, and managed to read over half the book in one sitting. It's set in 2447, but you can actually see how our world could turn into the one described, language-wise, government-wise, etc. The interactions between the characters was realistic and extremely funny at times, as Sheridan and Taylor used their "sayings" to confuse those around them and keep them from understanding their discussions. It was also interesting when the story switched to Echo's point of view, so the reader can see how he is coping with the "time riders" and how their arrival meshes with his plans.

"Erasing Time" has made me want to read more Sci-Fi, in hopes that I can mind more like it. It has renewed my faith in a genre that I usually steer clear of, and hopefully I'll find others that I enjoy as much as this one!
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