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on March 09, 2012 :
Fast Forward into the future is about a guy named Lucas who dreams of getting his first book published and finding the perfect girl to marry. His family and friends are skeptical about Lucas's book getting published. Lucas himself doesn't quite believe that he will accomplish his dream either. What he sees when he travels into the future sometimes is not exactly how it will turn out.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this. I knew there was some time travel and romance but it's not the usual genre that I read. The beginning started off slow but then picked up and by the ending I was hooked. I liked the characters and the book overall. I would have liked to seen more about the characters backgrounds and just more development overall. The storyline and plot are good and well written. To me it just seemed like Lucas would like a girl and then switch so fast that we didn't get to know anything about her. The last half of the book has some twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I liked that we got to see his life 10 years later and how everything really turned out.
You get good characters, romance, time travel and some humor. I am giving this a 3 stars with parts of it 3.5 stars. Overall it's a quick, enjoyable read. This e-book was given to me as a review copy. This did not affect my review in any way.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 06, 2011 :
Time-travel, dreams-come-true, and touch of romance walk the streets of England in Kelvin O’Ralph’s young-adult novel, Fast Forward into the Future. Protagonist Lucas, genius writer and comp sci student, is trying to get his first novel published. No one quite believes he’ll succeed, not even he, until that curious incident when he travels in time. But even seeing the future can’t make it come true, and it takes the kindness of family and strangers to see Lucas through self-doubt to the promise of hope.
There’s definitely a youthful glee to this novel, with carefully complete descriptions of scene and furniture, sudden insights switching points of view, and an innocent hopefulness to the various conundrums of publishing, time-travel and romance. The story reads quickly, though choice of scenes and detail seems odd at times, adding to the youthful feel. The time-travel’s as unobtrusive as the emotions. And the dream of being published is one many authors might relate to, with hope or frustration depending on their point of view.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed long after purchase)