This book started well, then the middle began and then the story abruptly ended in a blatant attempt to get readers to buy the next part, which may or may not be complete either - I won't be buying them to find out as the tactic annoys the hell out of me.
I lost interest around 60% of the way into the story. Elian was completely unlikable with no redeeming qualities. I thought Jera would be an interesting character (she appeared independent and craving adventure in the beginning), but once the action started she became spoilt, naïve, and dependant on Elian.
I also hate when things happen for convenience. After the two are held captive, the next day Elian mysteriously has a knife. Later he mysteriously has a pistol. Even later, Jera had a water flash she never had before. Items appeared at the writer's convenience and the story lost its believability.
I'm giving this a 3 because it started off well. The author writes well, but can't seem to explain a plot properly. The "ending" moved too fast and lacked heart. Also, this book has been split apart into "episodes" (I'm assuming it's to make more money) and I find it really crappy that it's been done that way.
This was a really fun, quick read- but I will warn you- it leaves you with a cliffhanger and you will NEED to get the next book as soon as you finish this one. I love the way the author slowly reveals the little secrets of the story so that by the end it all fits together. I don't think I can summarize much without giving anything away. Read the product description and that sums it up really well. This book has every genre rolled into this smaller book: fantasy, adventure, science fiction, romance, mystery. What's not to love? I would bet teens would like this book but I'm an adult and enjoyed it a lot. Can't wait to grab up the next episode and see what happens to Jera, Elian, the town of Time and the rest of the characters.