Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday: The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases. Click the link to participate.

My Pick This Week: 

Book Title: The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare
AuthorM.G. Buehrlen
Book Series: Alex Wayfare, Book 1
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Time Travel
Release Date: March 4, 2014

For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.

And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.

It's been at least five years since a series about time travel has piqued my interest, so I'm very excited. The over all premise sounds like it could make for a really great series.

Also, to be honest, someone could have given this book a better cover. It's extremely lackluster. Why woods? Nothing about the description says, "I'm walking through a starlit forest at night..." A combination of all of the settings in the description's leading paragraph could have made for something very cool.

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