Wednesday, September 4, 2013

This Strange and Familiar Place by Rachel Carter

This Strange and Familiar Place (So Close to You, #2)4 out of 5 Robots!

This Strange and Familiar Place by  Rachel Carter

Series: So Close to You #2
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Release: July 2, 2013
Hardcover: 264 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
These are the things of which Lydia is now certain:

The Montauk Project has been experimenting with time travel for years.

The Project's subjects are "recruits" from across time, recruits like Wes, Lydia's ally, friend, and love.

The Project is now responsible for the disappearance of two members of her family...

The conspiracy theorists were right about the Montauk Project all along. In this sequel to So Close to You, they're coming for Lydia next...
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
In the follow up to So Close To You, Lydia has returned from 1944 to 2012, but life is very different. Her interactions in the past have consequences in her future.  Her beloved grandfather has been missing for years and her parents are distant and cold.  Lydia goes through the motions of living life as "Lydia 2", but feels hopeless.  Especially since she hasn't seen Wes in the months since her return.  But this all changes when Lydia receives some new information and reconnects with Wes, joining him on his mission to go to 1989.  Lydia hopes to find her grandfather, but also save Wes from the Montauk Project. 

In 1989, we get to meet some kids from Wes' past and learn a lot more about him.  This is good because very little was revealed about him in the first book.  It helps to understand his character better, even if his reticence is annoying at times.  The romance is somewhat flimsy since there is so little to go on, but it did take much more of a backseat in this sequel.  I also really liked the addition of the other street kids. 

There is a lot of stuff that happens that requires some suspension of belief (even for a time traveling book) and at times I was reading with a skeptical raised eyebrow.  But the action moves a long at a quick enough pace that there isn't a lot of time to dwell on it.  I was actually pretty surprised by the ending and am very curious to know how Rachel Carter is going to get her characters out of that mess. 

Overall, if you enjoyed the first book, then I think you will enjoy this one too. 

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. So Close To You
2. A Strange and Familiar Place

1 comment :

  1. I enjoyed the first book well enough, and I'm interested in this one but it's not at the top of my list. I'm glad to hear we get to learn more about Wes in this book because it's true that he was just kind of there in the first book. I'm not that surprised at the romance aspect in this book either, it wasn't very believable for me in the first book either. Great review!



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