This story is very different in structure and depth from the ones that I usually read. However, when I saw the book at my local library in the fiction section, I decided to give it a try. I was truly surprised by how I liked the book.
The opens in 1981. A virulent flu has swept through America and Polly and Frank are stranded in Texas by accident. Frank gets sick. Within days, he is dying, and Polly will do anything to save him.
The Time Raiser corporation has invented time travel, and they will pay for the life-saving treatment Frank needs. There’s a catch though. Polly must make a one-way trip, twelve years into the future, to work for them.
She immediately signs on. She and Frank promise to meet by the seashore in Galveston in 1993 to restart their lives together. But when Polly is re-routed an extra five years into the future to 1998, Frank is nowhere to be found.
Alone in a changed and divided America, Polly must navigate a terrifying new world. Everything has changed, and she realizes with increasing fear that she may no longer hold the rights she once took for granted.
As the danger mounts and her search demands unthinkable sacrifice, Polly has to rely solely on herself to find Frank, to discover if he is still alive, and to see if their love has endured.
This book is a great novel about courage, and the complexity of love and the power of memory.