Monday, May 2, 2016

Hourglass


     You know how they say you're not supposed to judge them by their covers? Well, I did, and I picked up Hourglass by Myra McEntire simply because I really liked this cover. I didn't even read the description before I read it, so I was not sure what to expect.
     So here's what you need to know: right around the time her parents died in a car accident, teenager Emmerson started seeing ghosts. She was seeing them so often, and they were making her so stressed out that her brother, who became her legal guardian sent her to an institution and had her medicated, which did stop her from seeing the ghosts. Now Emerson is back home, but she has not told her brother she has stopped taking her meds. Of course, she immediately starts seeing ghosts again, except now she is seeing them more often, and they are no longer just images, now she hears sounds, and the scenes are becoming more elaborate too.
     It's not until her brother hires her a new counselor, the ridiculously good looking Michael, from an organization called "The Hourglass," that Emmerson begins to realize that her "ghosts" are not ghosts at all, but something a lot more complex, and potentially dangerous.
     Despite the fact that every single character in this book is impossibly rich, impossibly beautiful, and impossibly intelligent, there is some genuinely interesting meat here. What starts out as a simple ghost story eventually comes to involve elements of science fiction, incorporating time travel and theoretical physics. Of course, since it's a teen book, there is a romance component, and even something that might be a sort of love triangle if you squint your eyes a lot and look at it from a strange angle.
     The thing is, this is the first book in a trilogy, so it leaves a LOT of loose ends, but the writing wasn't super strong, so I have not made up my mind yet if I care to read the remaining books to see what happens. Too many supremely perfect people made this a little bit boring to me, and now I am ambivalent about how the story ends.

Rating: 3/5 bookmarks for some interesting elements but an unsatisfying ending and weak characters.


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