Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Book Review: Through to You by Emily Hainsworth

  • Release Date: October 2, 2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Genre: Supernatural Realism
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (Harper Collins)

Through to You is one of those books that is an insta-pick up for me; a contemporary realistic story with a slight unexplainable element tossed in. The main story focuses on Cameron Pike as he mourns the sudden death of his girlfriend, Viv; and what happens  when a mysterious girl and  mysterious green light show him to an alternate version of his life.

This is one of those books that is hard to talk too much about without ruining too much of the plot. Nothing in the book is every really what it seems and there are some interesting twists and turns. However, I think this book would have made a great short story or novella, because as a novel it dragged on its feet in the middle and was grasping for plots.

Cameron as a protagonist didn't pop off the page, while there are some great moments when we see him work through some of his depression and relationships his voice didn't come through the page. The supporting character inhabiting both the real world and the alternate world were also kind of one note as well.

I think this book's strongest element and what kept me reading is its concept. I like that it creates a world that portrays the different possible consequences based on just a few different decisions. This book has a strong message about the power and importance of choice.

A little aside, Through to You  happens to be the very first book I read on my Nook Color. While I've read on my phone and e-ink Kindle, I've never done the LED e-reader. I thought I wouldn't like reading something exclusively on the Nook, but I can definitely see the appeal of getting a tablet e-reader. It was perfect for reading at night and in the dark car.

While this wasn't an absolute favorite, it's still a book I would suggest for it's unique plotting and portrayal of moving on in grief and relationships.

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