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I was given a free copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
I have a good bit to say about this book. Some of it good, some of it bad, and some of it in between. But first, here’s the synopsis from Goodreads!
Aaron was a promising software designer with an upcoming company. He shared a quaint house on the outskirts of town with his best friends; another young man and two girls.
They’d known each other since school, and lived together peacefully for years with few problems.
Travis the newcomer however had a dark way about him, and all of Aaron’s attempts to get along with him had failed.
But just as the household began to settle down again, a strange device with a peculiar attitude entered their lives.
Would it fulfill all of their dreams, or instead become a curse?
This doesn’t adequately summarize the book in my opinion, so here is a bit more information. Aaron, Mara, Jay, and Kim are all best friends from school, as well as housemates. They recently allowed another boy named Travis to move into the house with them, even though they all had a bad feeling about him. But after a while, things started calming down again and everything seemed fine. That’s when the friends found the Shade. The Shade is a device that can seemingly make its user(s) travel through time. Hijinks ensue. And loyalties are tested.
I think that the book has a great premise. I’ve never read anything like it. It was educational at times. And there were a lot of really good plot twists that completely threw me for a loop.
The characters and their dynamics are all really entertaining. However, they are woefully underdeveloped. The author kept hinting at the past and made these characters that were extremely interesting and then the reader never gets to know anything about them.
I felt like the world-building was just a bit inconsistent. Even the technology and the history of the Shade didn’t seem entirely sound, but maybe that was just me.
I thought that the writing was very entertaining though! It was very descriptive and that’s always a plus for me.
Overall, I enjoyed the book but I didn’t absolutely love it. I hope that in the second book the author will take just a bit more time and develop the characters that he has brought to life.
Thank you Mr. Hirson for reaching out to me and letting me read your book! I definitely enjoyed it. I’m sorry this post was such a mess, guys. As always, go follow me over on my Goodreads and let’s be friends! Don’t forget to leave your Q&A questions down below. See you all soon!