What you would do if you suddenly found yourself transported back in time exactly one week before a moment that you knew would change your life forever? Would you do anything within your power to change the events about to occur, even if that meant changing your life forever? Skylar Haines is granted the chance to do just that in this combination sci-fi/narco-thriller.
Skylar lives with her abusive grandfather, who takes her in after the death of both of her parents. She cuts herself to gain emotional release from the nightmare situation she finds herself living in. Sadly, when she is sixteen, life deals her another blow with the suicide of one friend and the murder by carjacking of another all within weeks of each other. At this point, Skylar steals her grandfather’s motorcycle and takes off. Five years later, she is living in Reno, Nevada, and has traded self-harm for the adrenaline rush of flying stunt planes. While performing a risky stunt during an air show, a freak storm forces Skylar to land only to find herself thrown back in time to 1998 and face to face with her own father only a week before his death. After the initial shock wears off, she begins to imagine that there may be a way to change the terrible future that he and her mother are destined to have. However, nothing is ever simple, and Skylar soon realizes that what she thought she knew about her parents isn’t even close to the truth. Is altering the future more important than understanding the events that make the outcome ultimately and necessarily inevitable?
In High Flying, Kaylin McFarren has created an attractive-yet-flawed female protagonist, Skylar Haines, who will certainly draw readers. The plot is complex with elements of the dark world of drug crime, aviation, and time travel with the added layer of anxiety and childhood trauma. Sometimes there is so much going on at one time it seems a little overwhelming, and the reader may feel like they need to step out of Skylar’s head for a bit of a breather. Also, the beginning of the novel seems to move at entirely too fast a pace for no real reason. The author breezes past the suicide of Skylar’s friend, Adrian, like it was meaningless and moves right on to Roxy’s return. Even Roxy’s death seems to come and go so fast that we never feel as if Skylar has a real connection to her. All on all, I did enjoy the novel once we went back in time and would certainly recommend it to someone just past the YA market.
|Page Count||280 pages|
|Publisher||Creative Edge Publishing LLC|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|