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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love the time travel genre, and this one did not disappoint. This is the story of Kenny who moves into a house in 1977 with his parents. In the “carriage house,” which is a second little house on the property, he and his father find the bones of a long dead dead baby wrapped in Kenny’s t shirt and newspapers from 1947.
This starts Kenny’s journey with the Backwards Glass, an indestructible mirror in the carriage house that allows a chosen teenager to travel back in time 10 years. He gets a note from himself to save the baby and trust John Wald.
The Backward Glass a lot of rules such as you must be a kid, it only happens in years that end in 7, and you can only go back 10 years (until they discover “keys”), etc.
This is a great debut novel. It was fast paced, didn’t have a lot of slow parts, and was a real page turner.
I did read other reviews that said they felt this was a coming of age story for Kenny. I just didn’t feel that way. Yes, he learned to survive as the little “hobo boy” when he was stuck out of time, but as soon as he got back home, he was right where he was. His parents locked up the mirror and refused to let him near it. They didn’t recognize any maturity in him from this experience, and he didn’t seem to push for it either.
My only complaint is a little one about the little tidbits of clues throughout the story. They seemed extremely obvious to me. But, that could just be me as those little clues are what I search for and find in stories so I know well in advance “who did it,” so to speak.
I would love this story to turn into a series since Kenny met another girl who had her own mirror inside the Backward Glass, and as the story progressed, the mirrors from the past and future kept getting wider and wider apart. I have so many questions! What does that mean? Who are these other kids in other mirrors? Who made it?
Great story, will keep you hooked until the very end!