Los Angeles, 2070. Christine Stewart is all excited about her vacation with her son. All she needs to do before embarking on her vacation is to complete a routine task at her job. The task is simple: travel back in time in 1867 to Oklahoma to deport a cyber-criminal and come back to present-day LA.
However, tragedy strikes—the system goes down.
Christine—along with scores of other transporters around the world—is stuck in the past with zero supplies and bare minimum training. However, it is still not the end of woes for her. Due to a glitch in the system, she is thrown further back in the past and thousands of miles away from her original drop location. Does Christine succeed in getting back to her son alive? Read No Way Home by Christy Cooper-Burnett to know more about Christine’s fate.
Intriguing premise and good execution sum up No Way Home.
Time travel is tricky to work with. If not done well, it can lead to serious plot inconsistencies. Thankfully, this book is free from such loopholes. Cooper-Burnett is herself aware of to what extent time travel can go wrong. Early in the book, she seamlessly ties in a chapter on repercussions of time-altering events to the Salem witch trials; the effect is gut-wrenching. This, coupled with the brisk pace and smooth flow of the story, results in an engaging novel.
Further, Cooper-Burnett pens a believable plot with well-developed characters, each possessing his/her distinct voice. The author has done her homework since she portrays each of the eras distinctly and realistically. She steered me to a satisfying finale, neatly wrapping up all the events in the book; however, she does leave room for a sequel.
However, the book has some lacunae too. Firstly, more detailed world-building especially at the end, such as during the description of a medieval castle and its interiors as well as the attires of the people thronging the banquet hall, could have resulted in a better immersive experience.
Secondly, the book does offer a satisfying finale, but if the stakes had been higher, it would have been a fantastic ending. I cannot explain beyond this as this would reveal spoilers.
No Way Home by Christy Cooper-Burnett is recommended for fans of time travel, action, and adventure.
I reviewed this book for Readers’ Favorite for which I received a nominal payment. This does not affect my opinion on the book.