Divided by time. Ignited by a spark.
Kansas, 2065. Adri has secured a slot as a Colonist—one of the lucky few handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own.
Oklahoma, 1934. Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine fantasizes about her family’s farmhand, and longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called the Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire—and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life—Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.
England, 1919. In the recovery following the First World War, Lenore struggles with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself?
While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined.
I wanted to read this book when I saw Margo talking about it in her book haul videos. She said it was an emotional journey and she loved it, so I gave it a shot.
The book is told in 3 different perspectives at 3 different points in the future and past.
I have to say I liked Adri’s point of view because she was living in the future and set to go live in Mars. I loved seeing the world around her and how she was so smart but at the same time had such a hard time connecting with other people. She ends up finding letters that were from two other women in the past and she gets sucked into their stories and lives.
Catherine’s point of view was the weakest in my opinion because she as living in the time of the Dust Bowl and she just didn’t have much to add to the story. We got to see her suffer through the dust taking over her town and how her younger sister was really sick from all the dust in her lungs. I did enjoy the parts where Catherine was falling in love with a boy on her family’s ranch because she felt the most real when she was talking with him.
The last girl in the story is Lenore who lived in Europe after WWI. I liked her story the best because it was interesting to see how she was handling the grief of her brother’s death in the war and how she was keeping the pieces of her life together. She also had a guy that she was interacting with and I loved the time she spent with him. He really allowed her to open up and let herself feel and grow.
While the stories all tie together in the end I think the real power of this book wasn’t each individual story but the portrayal of life and how precious something can be and how easily it can either grow and change or end. I loved that everything connected in the end but I feel that the true beauty here is the life lessons that Adri learns through reading the letters and connecting with girls who are long gone. I loved a lot of the quotes in this book and I found myself being touched by all the amazing writing and feelings I was having. This book makes you just stop to realize what life, family, love and relationships really mean and how people around you can shape your life even through writing from years ago.
While I have to say some parts, especially Catherine’s parts for me personally, were boring the whole novel comes together to mean so much. I have to say that this book didn’t make me cry but it made me think and that is huge for a YA novel to give you such feelings about how you live your life and where you are going on your own path.
“But people forgive each other. It’s like a dance,” Lily said.
“I wish I knew how to do that dance,” Adri replied.
“Oh,” Lily shook her head. ” I don’t think it’s that you can’t do it. I think you’re thinking the whole thing is a lose-lose. Like what if someone actually likes you? That causes all sots of problems. Then each time you see them, you have to try and keep them. And then even if you manage that, you lose. You end up losing. Even if you go through all the work of accepting someone and occasionally looking like a fool in front of them and then figuring out if they can accept you and you can forgive each other for everything you screw up, you lose them eventually.”
~page 186 in Hardcover~