(Time Guardians, #1)
Young Adult Sci-Fi
Date Published:February 24, 2014
Fifteen-year-old Jack Bishop has mad skills with cars and engines, but knows he’ll never get a driver’s license because of his epilepsy. Agreeing to participate in an experimental clinical trial to find new treatments for his disease, he finds himself in a completely different body—that of a girl his age, Jacqueline, who defies the expectations of her era. Since his seizures usually give him spazzed out visions, Jack presumes this is a hallucination. Feeling fearless, he steals a horse, expecting that at any moment he’ll wake back up in the clinical trial lab. When that doesn't happen, Jacqueline falls unexpectedly in love, even as the town in the past becomes swallowed in a fight for its survival. Jack/Jacqueline is caught between two lives and epochs, and must find a way to save everyone around him as well as himself. And all the while, he is losing time, even if he is getting out of algebra class.
This was such a new an interesting spin on Time Traveling. How would it be to be a boy who time traveled back in time into the body of a girl? The journey of Jack trying to find his way in not only a new world but with a new identity is a very compelling one. I think that Everett Maroon has done a great job of brining something new to the YA Sci-Fi Time Traveling Genre. The plot is very well written and keeps the reader flipping pages.
Everett Maroon is a memoirist, pop culture commentator, and speculative fiction writer. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington with his partner and two children, one of whom really wants to get a dog. Everett tweets at @everettmaroon and blogs at transplantportation.com.