I was hooked from the first pages of the intriguing prologue of “Portals in Time: The Quest for Un-Old-Age” and much to my surprise my interest never faded for a moment! (That is rare for me with books these days…) I loved the creative storylines and strong characters and plots that continued to build with tension and shock and surprise. Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I hate books that are super predictable. And this one isn’t…. faaaar from it.
There are more twists and turns, reveals and unexpected surprises in this book than any I can recall in recent memory, and I literally never knew that was around the corner next. I’m always impressed with that happens because I’m a pretty astute reader and can usually see plot lines develop a mile off. Not here.
At first, I admit to feeling really over my head with the world-building and the characters… the different ‘groups’ (so to speak) and their roles—who is bad or good—but we see how it all comes together and it is amazing. The characters are the coolest/weirdest I’ve met in a long time, and although there are some familiar themes and tropes at play here on occasion, Mr. Teressi brings a fresh attitude and literary style and makes it all his own and doesn’t just rehash the same old plotlines we’ve seen a million times before which makes this book wholly unique.
I appreciated the brisk pace and the descriptive details that really brought the story to life – authentic world building (the character development in this case) is absolutely crucial in selling a story that has this ‘fantastical’ element and it is done quite impressively here. A compelling, sometimes uncomfortable experience that will get inside your mind and soul. Great characters, from Grist to Twist, Stare and the others… Recommend for anyone (probably adults) who enjoy a well-written, emotional and entertaining book that will make you think. 4-Stars—Kaylee Stevens, Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers