When I picked up this book I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. I had so many tabs open on my MacBook that it was running off the screen. But I kept coming back to this one – I think it’s what I needed.
It’s the year 2069 and even though eighteen-year-old Bianca Butterman is heir to the family biz, she may never see the day her time-craft license becomes official. When a government agent starts nosing around the operation, Butterman Travel, Inc. gets stuck with a full audit—part of a government take-over scheme to shut down all private time travel agencies. Enter former boy band superstar, Tristan Helms, desperate to retrieve a lost item from his past and willing to pay triple fare for a time-trip to get there, and Bianca has to find a way to complete the job and return home before the government gets wind and shuts down the family biz for good.
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I think what I liked about this book the most was that it was quite light hearted, and didn’t take itself too seriously. Time travel can be really complex to write about – but this book does it in a way that doesn’t necessarily make things hard to understand. There’s the unique language that the book introduces regarding the science of time travel, and how the Butterman Time Travel company works.
The main character, Bianca, is a late teen something operating the check in desk at her parents company, located in Alaska. She’s an alternative type, not into the same schtick that the masses are. So when the latest ‘big thing’ Tristan Helms walks in through the front door wanting a time travel there and then, price no problem… well Bianca doesn’t really want to help. Except… money. To make matters worse they’re currently being inspected by the Department of Time, who would do anything to shut them down.
So naturally, the logical answer is to take a trip through time when Bianca isn’t technically fully qualified with her pilots licence, with a man that doesn’t know how to follow orders and who wants to break the rules. They end up high, they end up stealing some jet packs and evade the Department of Time by going to Woodstock in 1969.
Of course with some more timey-whimy stuff going on Bianca is in a lot of trouble. Butterman Travel is on the brink of collapse because of how she behaved – essentially not keeping Tristan under control and causing potential paradoxes.
Whilst the solution that Bianca comes up with involved yet more time travel and rule breaking, the result is a good one for the company, and Bianca essentially gets away with everything with no consequences to her actions – unless there’s something to happen in the follow up book.
This was a good, light hearted read. It didn’t take much, and I enjoyed it a lot. I’ll probably pick up the next one, although I’m not sure when.
Also: I’m sort of thinking that the author is a knitter, with the detail in which she describes the knitwear and how things are worn. I liked those little details.
Have you read this one? What did you think?