Book: The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare (Alex Wayfare #1) by M. G. Buerhlen
Publisher: Strange Chemistry, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, YA
Source + Date Read: Netgalley ARC + March 2013
Recommend: For those that want a bit of time travel with their coming of age stories.
Book Pro’s: Angesty teenager meets man, man makes her realise she’s not crazy.
Book Con’s: WHAT WAS WITH THAT ENDING? Talk about all the feels man.
I think this is the lowest score I’ve ever given a Strange Chemistry book, which is weird, because I love this publishing house immensely. I’m not biased, I’ve just freaked out over everything they’ve come out with so far for 2014.
That being said there is nothing wrong with this book, it’s not bad, but I couldn’t give it a 4 because I didn’t love-love it, I just liked-loved it. It’s an interesting take on the time travel story and there were a number of issues that the author brought up in this novel that I found quite fascinating.
Greed: The notion of greed and what one is willing to do to get what one wants is frequently brought up in the book. Of course it’s the bad guy that’s greedy. He uses people, things, the past to get what he wants now. He’s smart and I really do think he could be likened to a sociopath. He’s a real bad guy. The protagonist, Alex, also showed a moment of greed though: she was hungry for the past and willing to break rules to have what she wanted. Mind you, what she wanted wasn’t to use people or things up and spit them out, she wanted friends, she wanted love. So I figure her for her greed.
Companies That Control Too Many Things: That’s a long title, but you get the point, there is an overarching, terrifying company that seems to have its hand in so many honey pots, that they clearly have more than a few hands. It’s terrifying that one company, started by two men, were allowed to get so far, to delve so deeply into nepotism, bribery and overall world-domination.
Being A Teenager Sucks: Well, we are reminded that once again being a teenager sucks. It just sucks and for Alex it extra sucks (I can’t say too much without basically spoiling everything) but the overall teenage suckage is lessened and simultaneously exacerbated by Alex’s time travelling ability (which the author creatively reboots in a refreshing way, I quite enjoyed a time travel, sci-fi novel without the whole giant machine and gung-ho attitude).
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to YA and Sci-Fi lovers that want something with a unique twist.