When a portal leaves Baxter trapped and powerless in an alternate world, she finds herself on the run and fighting for her life. The world’s Council wants to hand her over to Declan, and her only source of support is a broken Alternate Jack who blames her for all he’s lost. Baxter soon realizes that if she’s going to defeat Declan and get back to her world, she’ll have to reclaim her abilities and be stronger than she ever imagined. Declan and the Absorbers’ Initiative wage war on everyone who opposes them in their hunt for Baxter. Their actions reveal what her future will be like if she doesn’t make some drastic decisions. She knows that one misstep on her part will lead to the destruction of not just this world, but her own. In a race against Time and bitter enemies, Baxter will discover how much is at stake and just what she’ll have to sacrifice to save those she loves. Can she learn from the fate of an alternate world how to become the Time Bender she’s meant to be?
I have never written a review like this before and if I am being completely honest – and I always am in my reviews – this isn’t so much a review as an update on the series.
I really, really liked the first read in the Chronicles of the Interred series with the elements of magic, strong and long family histories, and a lot of action and drama mixed with a tiny bit of teen romance. I read book two immediately after book one and as I got deeper and deeper into the book I found myself getting frustrated. There are A LOT of characters in the second read and keeping track of everyone literally took a written list. At the end of the second review I noted how I hoped the plethora of characters would be resolved in the third installment of the series thus ending some of the frustration I had with the book. Unfortunately, the frustration only increased with the third read.
Alternate started out well enough but it quickly became clear there would be a lot of world jumping which means there are going to be a ton of characters. Not only does Alternate have a ton of characters but they are mostly, well, alternate versions of the same set of characters which means I was constantly trying to remember who was alive or dead and in which world they are alive or dead in. I gave it the old college try, I truly did but at the 64% mark I finally had to call it quits. Let me be perfectly clear, I have no complaints with the editing or quality of the writing with this book, I simply got frustrated with the incredible amount of characters which caused me to call it quits. Just because this one isn’t for me, doesn’t mean it isn’t for you.