Into the Dim (Into the Dim #1)
By: Janet B Taylor
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
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. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.
Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.
From time travel to a unique take on photographic memory, secret societies to people who aren’t quite who you think you are, Into the Dim has it all. And it was delicious. Hope was a most excellent main character, the rest of the cast was excellent as well, and there is a little forbidden romance going on, which is always exciting. Also, Eleanor of Aquitaine is awesome.
While Hope as the main character completely won me over, the supporting cast was just as vibrant. Pheobe would have to be a favorite, with her spunk, blue hair, and martial arts abilities, and her brother Collum, although he could be, er, testy, was a great brother, and balance, for Phoebe. As for Bran, he and Hope were a cute couple to begin with, encountered more than a few bumps that threw a wrench into their previously uncomplicated relationship, and still managed to end up with a few good kisses in between. During this, Hope was able to keep a rather level head on her shoulders, and questioned Bran’s rather dubious motives.
As for the rather awesome secret society: it has rows upon rows of historically accurate fashions, and is therefore amazing, and also congregates in an expansive manor in Scotland, so they also have good taste in locations. The rationale for the time travel itself was quite interesting, as it has ties to Tesla. But most importantly? It made sense.
I can’t wait for the next book, to see how Hope settles into her future with the Viators and how her relationship with Bran, and the complications that come with it, are resolved. I want to learn more about the Viators, and their rival Timeslippers, and am looking forward to where Taylor decides to send her characters next. Into the Dim was a quick, fun read that I would definitely pick up again if given the chance.
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