ARC Review: Into The Dim

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I received this ARC from Net Galley

Goodreads Synopsis:

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope s undoing. Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, “Into the Dim” is an “Outlander “for teens.”

I think I should have know that this wasn’t for me when the first line of the synopsis is “Fragile, sixteen-year-old.” Unfortunately, I only got a quarter of the way into this book before I couldn’t stand it anymore. I ended up skimming the rest and reading the start of the chapters to get a gist.

I did not like the MC. She has a photographic memory and is basically a historical library. That’s great and all, and I love history so you would think that would have made it worth while for me to read. But she takes this knowledge that she has of this very small and specific aspect of the world, and uses it to place herself above others. She’s judgmental while at the same time meek, curious and active while also completely inactive – everyone has to explain things to her, she never figures things out for herself. She’s a ball of contradictions. Furthermore, she’s been homeschooled her whole life, never had friends, yet she’s make very little effort to make any when she gets the chance, it didn’t make sense to me.

Then we fell into every YA romance trope we could. Self-deprecating remarks about her appearance, and how guys never liked her, so this guy showing interest was just crazy. How about her being more preoccupied with this random guy she meets – who was taking pictures of her without her knowledge by the way – is on her mind more than rescuing her mom? How about the fact that the synopsis tells us exactly what is going to happen – time travel, mom rescue, Tesla, but it takes forever for Hope to get to that in the book?

Obviously, I did not enjoy this book, even a little. I will admit though that I can see plenty of qualities in it that I think will lead others to enjoy it. And those others will probably be a lot younger than I am and less concerned with the issues I had.

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