I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Backward Glass by David Lomax
Genres: Science Fiction, Time Travel, YA
Published by Flux on October 8th
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Crack your head, knock you dead, then Prince Harming's hunger's fed.
It's 1977, and Kenny Maxwell is dreading the move away from his friends. But then, behind the walls of his family's new falling-apart Victorian home, he finds something incredible—a mummified baby and a note: "Help me make it not happen, Kenny. Help me stop him."
Shortly afterwards, a beautiful girl named Luka shows up. She introduces Kenny to the backward glass, a mirror that allows them to travel through time. Meeting other "mirror kids" in the past and future is exciting, but there's also danger. The urban legend of Prince Harming, who kidnaps and kills children, is true—and he's hunting them. When Kenny gets stranded in the past, he must find the courage to answer a call for help, change the fate of a baby—and confront his own destiny.
Reviewed by Stormi
I have never really been a huge time travel fan but the blurb for this book really had me curious, so I had to give it a try. Though at times I felt a bit confused it really was an enjoyable book.
Kenny is from 1977 and when his family moved into their new home it contained a old carriage house. One day Kenny and his father was working on the carriage house and they opened up a wall and found a baby wrapped in newspaper. A piece of paper dropped from it and when Kenny picked it up it changed his whole life. The paper asked him to help make it not happen. Save the baby. Then later that night a girl comes through the mirror in his attic room.
Luka is from 1987 and she knows that she is suppose to help Kenny save the baby, but doesn’t know a lot more than that. She takes Kenny to 1987 to visit through the mirror. Soon Kenny goes through the mirror on his own and it takes him down to 1967. There are a few rules about using the mirror and how you can take someone up time with you or down time with you.
During their time in an out of the glass they learn about Prince Harming and there are several different skipping songs about him. He is suppose to be a child killer and they think that he is responsible for killing the baby. Kenny has to go all the way to 1917 to the girl who is pregnant and he meets all the different children of the mirror. They all have a role to play in what they are suppose to do.
I feel the book is hard to explain without giving away something important so I won’t go into anything more. I am amazed at the plotting of this book and I give kudos to the author for creating such an extensive back and forth time traveling story and him being able to keep everything straight as to what is going on from one era to another. That being said it didn’t keep me from getting a little confused sometimes.
From the blurb I thought it was going to be a little bit more about the scary sounding Prince Harming, but it’s really mainly about trying to figure out how to save the baby and then the last part is mostly about the baby. Prince Harming is only a small part of the story and then it was surprising to find out who he really is.
Over all I found the book to be enjoyable and I would recommend it for those who like YA and time travel books.