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Erasing Time Hardcover – August 28, 2012

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Book 1 of 2 in the Erasing Time Series

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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 (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Echo..you are the riddle, wrapped in a mystery.You're hot, and full of secrets. You've got an interesting voice. Yet, as a romantic interest...you 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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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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The year is 2447. And in Traverton, scientists have discovered a way to find and bring someone from the past into their future.

But their very first attempt to find the scientist, Tyler Sherwood, has failed. Instead they've brought two time-riders to them, Sheridan and Taylor Bradford. Identical twins. And they have no way of sending them back to the twenty-first century.

Trapped. Unfamiliar with the language and customs of the twenty-fifth century, they must rely upon Jeth and Echo, two wordsmiths - historians - who have studied their century, to keep them safe.

Safe from the scientists who would seek to wipe their minds of all knowledge of their failed attempt. Safe from the Dakine rebels who would seek to capture them and use them against the government. Safe from the Vikers who would kill them without a moment's pause.

And safe from the government who would never allow free-thinking and un-trackable visitors from another time to roam free.

With no way of returning home and no one else who seems willing to help, they'll have to put their trust in Echo. Even if it means ignoring the fact that he has been keeping secrets. Even though he has a dark and mysterious past. Even if he hasn't always told the truth. And even if his motives for helping them are suspect.

Because without his help, their chances at surviving in a future that's almost as alien to them as being on another planet are almost non-existent.


ERASING TIME is a clever, engaging and immensely entertaining story set in a future where the government keeps a tight leash on its citizens, where your actions are monitored, your beliefs are restricted and your ranking is what determines your worthiness.
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A time machine snatches fifteen-year-old, twin sisters, Sheridan and Taylor, and catapults them to a frightening, dystopian society four centuries in the future within the former United States. It's a one-way trip with no means to return home, and their only hope for survival is to rely on their intelligence, courage, and personal integrity--and the vital assistance of a mysterious teenage boy named Echo.

I rarely read adult science fiction, especially dystopian novels, but I do occasionally read books of that type if they are written as teen novels, and especially if the YA author is someone whose work I greatly enjoy. C.J. Hill AKA Janette Rallison is one of those authors. Under her own name of Rallison, she has written many hilarious, YA, romantic comedies. In contrast, her fantasy/sci fi novels written under the Hill pseudonym are thrilling dramas with only occasional comic relief, as is the case with this book.

Whether the novel is comedy or drama, one thing a reader can count on from Rallison are stories of great emotional depth with the very moving theme of healing and redemption. As a result, her books invariably produce the much coveted response in readers of, "I laughed, I cried, I sighed." Before I read this book, I considered Hill/Rallison one of the most talented YA authors writing today, and this book has only reinforced that opinion. I consider every book she's written for young adults, as well as this one, a "keeper."

Hill/Rallison does an outstanding job of characterization in this book. Her main characters and important secondary characters are strongly and convincingly drawn, and Echo and Sheridan are quite sympathetic.
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