There is nothing happy in this book. Murder, fear, tragedy, concealed relationships, secrets, and the pain caused by them all. A picture of the human condition.
Reading one of Buroker’s stories is like sitting down with your globe trotting adventurous best friend and catching up on her exciting life.
Walker’s presentation of the future is lurid and concerningly close to that which may be in our near future. It is claustrophobic and brings into play the worst of our historic and present selves. There is no nuclear family unit portrayed. It is elitist and hedonistic; a bit too close for comfort.
In Time’s Edge we are seeing J. F. Kennedy’s murder and an exploration of racial tensions including riots and lynchings. Rather deep topics for a young adult fiction book. Rysa Walker handles the topics quite well; juxtaposing necessary decisions and actions within ethical and moral boundaries.
This series is like a roller coaster twisting, turning, and occasionally flipping you upside down. I need a visual timeline to make sense of it all, or in this case, multiple overlapping timelines.
Kate Unmasked is a story of finding yourself. A journey that is much more difficult for the adopted child.
Misunderstandings, social awkwardness, poor means of handling situations, boys…these are the hallmarks of Junior High. The New Kid on the Block is a story with a lesson.