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Where Should You Time-Travel To?
You’ve found the legendary Nonius Stone! Take this quiz to help decide where the Dim should take you.
1. Okay, let’s start with the basics. What’s your favorite part of history class?
a. Looking at pictures of ancient artifacts
b. Learning about the powerful leaders who shaped history
c. Reading about culture and art
d. Studying ancient philosophers
2. Traveling thousands of years into the past can make you pretty hungry. What’s your ideal snack?
a. Fresh figs
b. Cereal and legumes
c. Vegetable soup
d. Dried fruit and nuts
3. Remember, you need to blend in! What’s your favorite ancient accessory?
a. Lots of fun jewelry and makeup
b. A colorful cloak
c. A large hat to shield you from the sun
d. Some pretty pins to add flair to your outfit (and hold up your tunic)
4. You might have some downtime while you travel. What would you do to pass the time?
a. Play board games like checkers
b. Relax in the public bath
c. Write sonnets to impress your lover
d. Watch some sporting events
5. Hopefully, you’ll get the chance to admire some art. What would you most like to see?
a. Elaborate architecture
b. Realistic sculptures
c. Detailed oil paintings
d. Epic poems and plays
Mostly a’s: Ancient Egypt.
You’ve been just dying to see the pyramids—as they’re being built! Come walk along the Nile and read some hieroglyphics while you’re at it.
Mostly b’s: The Roman Empire.
You love to hang out with large groups of people, so why not spend some time in one of the largest empires in history? Just make sure you come back to the present before it falls.
Mostly c’s: The Italian Renaissance.
You’re an artist at heart, so travel back to the Renaissance to absorb the rich culture. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to create your own masterpiece.
Mostly d’s: Ancient Greece.
You love a good Greek tragedy, so it’s about time you actually saw one performed in the time it’s written! And maybe stop by the Olympics, too, while you’re at it.
About the Author
"Debut author Taylor adeptly blends the fantastical and the historical as she sends her reluctant heroine back to the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine in order to save her mother. Taylor s writing is bright with detail and her plot dense with action as Hope learns to be brave and resourceful when circumstances turn dire."
"Janet B. Taylor s absorbing novel keeps the action moving with well-timed revelations, deftly drawn historical events and personages, and a sparks-flying romance."--School Library Journal
"Readers will connect with Hope and her anxiety and quest to fit into the world. This book immerses readers into a fast-moving, action-packed story with great characters and an excellent historical setting. Supporting characters are fun and bring much to the plot and development of Hope s character... This is recommended as a wonderful addition to existing science fiction and historical fiction collections."
"Historical-fiction and romance fans will be thrilled with this strong addition to the genres."
Into the Dim is a time-travel adventure that will leave readers breathless. Janet Taylor has woven a story that will capture action seekers and romance lovers and pull them along for the ride. Joelle Charbonneau - New York Times bestselling author of THE TESTING trilogy
"Janet B. Taylor's Into the Dimshines bright. This debut time travel novel captures the imagination and takes the reader on a fascinating journey to 12th century England, deftly weaving historical characters like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Thomas Becket into the drama. Rich with period detail, and an intriguing lead character, this is YA science fiction at its best." --Rysa Walker, author of The Chronos Files Series
Janet B. Taylor s Into the Dim is one truly enjoyable read. A fast-paced, time-travel adventure with rogue Tesla science and Middle Ages history, it will make you want to jump back into the English court, after a proper round of smallpox and typhoid vaccines, of course. Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood
"The perfect blend of mystery, sci-fi, action, cute guys, romance, history and gorgeous Scotland!" Justine magazine
A total page-turner full of action, interesting history and a timeless romance (literally!). Be sure you have time to read this book in one sitting I promise you won t be able to put it down. Marin L., 16 (Girls Life reader)
Why You ll Love It: Three words: Young Adult Outlander. It s the first book in a series, promising forbidden love, high stakes and epic thrills in the Scottish highlands. Paste Magazine online
" Fantasy, historical events, and time-travel all combine for a suspenseful and fun trip to the medieval period. Bustle
" You don t want to miss this time-traveling adventure, thrilling romance, and rich, historical tale. The Columbus Dispatch " --This text refers to the library edition.
- Publication Date : March 1, 2016
- File Size : 13191 KB
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print Length : 437 pages
- Publisher : HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint Edition (March 1, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B011H55S2G
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #584,987 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Hope’s Scottish family call themselves the Viators, those who have the ability and materials to travel backward in time. Hope discovers this fact by accident when she is wandering throughout her aunt’s home and finds basement rooms full of clothing, jewelry, weapons and other artifacts from the 12th Century. Hope will be shocked beyond words to learn a secret that compels her to travel back to that time of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. She and her relatives who travel with her have two quests to complete – to find a certain person and to secure an ancient stone with extremely special powers.
To no surprise, another family member, who is a sworn enemy of Hope’s aunt, heads another group with the same purposes but with questionable purposes, ends that could literally change the entire history of mankind if successfully completed.
Before she left on the terrifying journey back in time, Hope had met a young teen who seemed the only person on earth to treat her as a friend. Now she will meet him in the 12th Century and is quite unsure whether he is friend or foe.
In the court of Henry and Elizabeth, Hope will win both support and starkly hostile opposition. Who prevails in this war is what drives the complex plot of this time travel novel that reflects a personal and historical war. Plenty of fierce action, dialogue and description pack these pages and keep the reader riveted until the last surprising pages! Even a few obviously contrived scenes won’t stop the reader’s total engagement and desire to see how this tale unfolds. There’s an indication as well that this is only the first novel in what will be a series! Nice!
The execution just wasn't there; the author spends over 150+ pages of this book getting the reader to the actual event of traveling back in time and during all those pages I more or less had come to not like Hope very much. I'm someone who loves history and has anxiety and has always been on the lesser end of the social-life spectrum, so I did see a little of myself in her, but the author just made Hope seem odd and overall not very likable. It's like her problems were just there to give her a flaw in the face of her photographic memory (something which is actually considered to be a fable as no teen/adult has ever been proven to have a truly and permanently photographic memory) so she didn't come out as "too perfect" and to give the author an excuse for Hope to think her mom was dead and travel to Scotland since it was Hope being a problem-ridden little mess that made the mom keep time traveling (amongst other things) a secret. She's not a character I hate or downright dislike, but she's not someone I love as a character either.
Around page 170 or so, things get a little more exciting since the reader is actually reading about the part of the story the blurb told us about, but generally I just kept dragging myself through the pages like a slug over gravel just to get to the end. I ended up skimming a lot and skipping a few sections and there to just get to the point of things. I wanted this to be a new favorite of mine, especially after the author of Outlander (which I did enjoy very much) praised it. There were a lot of likable things in this book, such as how time travel is a scientific phenomenon and not just supernatural forces at work, but in the end it just didn't have the right elements to make it riveting and enjoyable for me.
I wish I knew more concretely what went wrong with this book for me, but I just have a general "It was okay; could have been better, though." consensus when I finished the last pages. I liked the romance, the idea of rival time traveling groups, the mechanics of time travel and the unique introduction of opals being necessary for safe traveling, and that the one being rescued was the mom and that she wasn't tossed aside as a minor and unimportant character in the end... but in the end, when all things were combined, something failed to create the spark to light up my interest and keep me locked onto the story.
I give this book 3 stars because, more or less, I think it was a case of "it's not you, it's me" with this book and not some inherent flaw, because I can't really isolate anything that definitely can be connected to the cause of my neutral feelings. It's always very apparent to me when I read a book I dislike why I dislike it, so this is something of an anomaly experience for me.
I think if you find the premise interesting that this book is worth a shot. Despite how much of this book is dedicated to the initial build up to time traveling, since this isn't a standalone (I believe it's a trilogy or tetralogy) I think it's okay since readers are going to get more with later books. It has some redeeming qualities and I'm sure the right person will absolutely look this story and hunger for the next book.