Title: So Close to You
Series: So Close to You #1
Author: Rachel Carter
Reading level: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Size: 320 pages
Release Date: July 10th 2012
Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and the people who’ve disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather.
When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she’s ever heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she’s in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.
Alongside a darkly mysterious boy she is wary to trust, Lydia begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the Project. But the truths behind these secrets force her to question all her choices–and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them . . . and herself.
So Close to You is a great blend of science fiction, mystery and romance. Although I can’t say that it really kept me guessing the whole time…it did manage to keep me completely interested.
I had trouble connecting with the main characters but I did like them.
Lydia is a typical teenage heroine. She jumps into adventure with two feet…not always thinking or caring about the ramifications. I can’t say that I always agreed with her decisions and to be honest there were times when I got annoyed that she wasn’t taking anything seriously enough… but she is likable and believable nonetheless.
Wes likewise is a bit of a contradiction. Most of the time, I could not understand his motivations or fathom his reasoning but he was also likeable…sadly not as likeable as I’d have hoped though. I think that part of the problem for me is that at least on his part this is a case of insta-love and therefore not 100% logical.
The pacing of the novel and the language were perfect and prompted me to keep flipping the pages waiting to see what would happen next. The plot likewise was enjoyable..though there were definite issues with logic here as well (though in Rachel Carter’s defense-any time travel plot will by necessity have holes).
For some reason, I am having trouble describing this book in terms beyond the mediocre although I really did enjoy this read. Perhaps it is a matter of the sum of the parts here being greater than the whole. This one didn’t blow me away but I did enjoy it and look forward to seeing where Rachel goes with the story in book 2.
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