I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Out of Time by Donna Marie Oldfield
Series: Out of Time #1
Published by Sonic Pop Publishing on July 14th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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Scarlett Shortt is just an average 18 year old until she wakes up in a strange world that is much darker than the one she knows. As she tries to discover where she is and how she got there, she’s taken in by a bunch of superheroes who claim to be her best friends. She soon learns she has powers too and the Scarlett of this reality is quite the horse to be reckoned with.
Follow Scarlett’s adventure as she struggles to master her powers and joins the group’s bid to make the world a better place. Along the way, she must battle other superpowered teens, strange robots, corrupt police and her feelings for her teammate Dylan. There's also the small matter of the power-crazed, evil Prime Minister who is desperate to capture the group and reshape the country in his own sinister image. Can they stop him?
Out Of Time is a fun, action-packed adventure with humour and romance thrown into the mix. It is the first in a series of superhero books for young adults.
The one vague issue I noticed through most of it was, clearly, the whole mechanics of it all. HOW did Scarlett end up in that world, and are there really two Scarletts? Two Alex’s? It only got hinted at towards the end, and it was a plausible enough explanation (to me, if not to the characters), but it didn’t explain everything. I expect we’ll see more later.
Scarlett was a compelling main character and Dylan was a great team leader, even if he wasn’t the perfect love interest. Their romance seemed like it fit in the story, but it didn’t have a lot of buildup. It just had a lot of assumption. And that was fine, because I didn’t really expect things to get too complicated in a light book like this. Oh sure, there are some complications, but nothing really serious.
The other characters were interesting as well and surprisingly 3D.
Did I mention the plot twists? Yes, there are a few, and good ones (if not entirely unpredictable). The ones at the end were really quite amazing. I liked them very much.
- romance (for lack of buildup/substance)