With rich detail, lots of plot twists, and a trio cast of delightful and easy-to-love characters, Crossing in Time by D.L. Orton is an absolute joy to read. Rather than bore you with the premise and plot (the book blurb tells you what you need to know), I’d rather spend time highlighting the areas where Crossing in Time really shines.
Plunging the reader right into a bleak and dystopian possible future, Crossing in Time doesn’t waste any time. I was immediately transfixed and carried into a beautifully paced storyline. With crossing POVs between the three main characters, there isn’t a dull moment in the book. If you’re looking for a fast-paced and engaging beach read, this is an excellent choice.
Like most truly good contemporary fiction, Crossing in Time is a seamless cross-genre blend, with a sci-fi premise, a romantic focus, and a touch of techno thriller. Science Fiction isn’t the weird little cousin anymore, and much of 21st century entertainment is based on the possibilities and hazards of our over-technological culture. It’s a natural premise setting for any novel that deals with human nature and interaction in the contemporary novel. The heart and yes, even the main plot arc, is the romance between two of the main characters, Isabel and Diego, and the author’s focus on this aspect makes this an accessible novel for those who would not normally read a sci-fi novel. Weaving these two approaches is the novel structure, are touches of a technological thriller that never lets go.
Isabel is the main protagonist, and the best-developed character. She’s easy to like and although she’s extremely competent, she’s also very relatable. Diego takes some time to get to know, but it’s a gentle and natural process of revealing his character that never feels forced and never makes him out to be a romance stereotype. In fact, Diego not following the romance model of “alpha male” was a relief. He’s a real person. Matt, who works in the book as a sort of objective narrator is both sympathetic and fun. All three characters are subtlety and delightfully fully developed. They’re the kind of people you’d want to hang with.
Crossing in Time has a little something for everyone: drama, romance, sex, sci-fi, doomsday scenarios, shoot ’em ups, and breathtaking action scenes. It never talks down to readers, nor does it patronizingly exploit genre tropes. It’s an intelligent read, which is my highest compliment. I’m very much looking forward to the future installments of this series.
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