Mathew Erlang’s mother is dying. He’s the only one who can help her. Thirty-five years in the future.
When Mathew Erlang’s mother becomes seriously ill, he’ll do anything he can to save her and he knows his future self would too. Breaking into the house of his mysterious neighbour, August Lestrange, he activates his holographic games room, which doubles as a time machine, to hack into his own future.
Alone in an England afflicted by extreme weather, biological warfare and civil war, Mathew needs to find his older self before Lestrange catches up with him and takes him back to his own time.
This is the second book in “The House Next Door” series. Click the title to see my review of the first book “The Boy Who Fell From The Sky”.
I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first. Ms. Owen does a fantastic job bringing her stories to life. I like that all of the core characters from the first book are still there. What’s interesting is that they are kinda playing duel roles in the same story. Not an easy thing to achieve as a writer. They are essentially the same people but at different times of life that coincide both in the later time period and the present. Intricate stuff.
I like that this book leaves you with a bit of a puzzle. First you have Mr. Lestrange who exists in this other “reality” but doesn’t somehow. I’m looking forward to finding out just who he really is. Second, you have the puzzle of what Hoshi (Mathew’s mother) was working on in her lab. Third, what is the actual illness she has and will she recover? Fourth, is the “simulator” in Mr. Lestrange’s house really a time machine or a type of interactive film? Finally, if Mathew’s father is indeed dead then who was he and what was he working on?
Talk about amping up the brain with intrigue. I’m basically chomping at the bit to find the answers to all my questions.
I loved the book and am granting it 5 stars. Terrific work.
The Technical Data:
Title: Silverwood | Author(s): Jule Owen |
Publisher: Mean Time Books / Publication Date: 10-30-2015 |Pages: 260 (print edition) |
ISBN: 978-0993409738 | Genre(s): Young Adult Dystopian Time Travel | Language:English |Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 4-4-2016 | Source: Copy From Author