Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fifteen by Jen Estes Review

"Legend has it if you die in your dreams, you die in real life. Fifteen-year-old Ashling Campbell knows that’s not true because when she closes her eyes each night, she doesn’t dream about public nudity or Prom dates. Instead, she’s catapulted to the front row of her future self’s execution - fifteen years from now - where monsters have taken control of her hometown and she, or rather, her 30-year-old counterpart, is their public enemy number one.

For three months and counting, it’s been the same dream… until an encounter with an antique dreamcatcher. Ash falls asleep to discover she’s no longer a mere spectator in these dreams - now she’s astral-projecting into the body of her future self. Each night, she goes on the run with a ragtag group of rebels - who have no idea she’s really a high school sophomore and not their noble warrior. She has to make it through each night so that she can wake up and find a way to change the future. For every action she does in the present day, she falls asleep to discover it had an equal impact fifteen years later. It’s up to her to manage her two worlds and make sure she’s still got a place in both."

Got a copy from Netgalley. 

Well, do you know what I hate about time traveling? Time traveling. Sometimes, you have to draw charts, and things get very complicated when you have to draw stuff. Lots of stuff. Because timelines shift and go crazy. Especially when the character is in the present and messing up everything in the future.

Things go berserk. And time muddles. 

It is like Flash's time paradox all over again. Though this time, things are a bit more complicated. There is a demon involved, and things are... whoo... But let's break Fifteen down into simpler pieces. And time travel... needs simpler pieces.

Here we go. Fifteen is not a bad book, actually. There are some confusing parts, because there are two main plots. One is Ash in her fifteen year old body. The second is Ash in her thirty year old body. Things are a bit complicated, but I'm going to say that 15 year old Ash's brain is in 30 year old Ash's body whenever Ash falls asleep. Or at least, from the beginning of the book. Two timelines. And Ash's main timeline (the present) has the power to change the future (of course). 

I will say that it is boring at times and dull, but thankfully, it starts picking up the pace around the halfway point of the book. Time starts moving fluid, and Fifteen becomes more and more interesting (thankfully!). 

Honestly, Fifteen gives me more of an adventure-type of feeling. I don't know why (but maybe it is because of all those demons and weird rituals). 

The characters of Fifteen, on the other hand... Well, let me say that some of them are like... What? Others are better. And others include Ash, Tate, and Coop. The rest of them like Ash's sister (well, sort of) is extremely dislikable. Okay, only Ash's sister is extremely dislikable. The rest of them just don't stand out to me very much.

In conclusion, Fifteen has the potential to be more and it does let me down sometimes. But it does redeem itself slightly by the ending. Still, it wouldn't help if the book went through a few more beta readers and drafts. Slightly dry, but it isn't a total mess. 

Rating: Three out of Five

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