With the popularity of Doctor Who hitting fever pitch with all ages, time travel seems a likely new frontier for both literature and movies specifically in Young Adult literature.
This year saw the release of books about time travel garner attention even in the vast sea of established dystopian and paranormal romances. Hollywood also came calling for time travel books yet to be released, buying up rights almost as soon as book deals were announced.
This year saw the release of books like Warped by Maurissa Guibord. Warped follows 16 year old Tessa who inherits a tapestry with a unicorn woven into it. Tessa begins to have dreams about the creature in the tapestry and meets a boy from the 16th century whose life is inexplicably connected to hers and whose fate is woven into hers just like the threads of the tapestry.
The most notable time travel related book released this year was Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Released in June it garnered positive reviews from Kirkus and Romantic Times as well as being highly praised by bloggers. The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books called Hourglass “Buffy for the time-traveling set, ” while MTV’s Hollywood Crush said it was “Doctor Who in a YA package.” Hourglass follows Emerson Cole, a girl who has suffered from the loss of her parents and thinks she’s crazy because she sees “ghosts.” It isn’t until her brother hires Michael, a consultant from the Hourglass, that Emerson discovers the truth about what she can do and that she isn’t alone. Working with Michael, Emerson works to right a wrong and solve a mystery. Several of the characters in Hourglass have a time gene allowing them to manipulate time in different ways kind of like the mutant gene in X-Men. The companion novel, Timepiece, will be released in summer of 2012.
Next year will see several books being released with time related themes. Tempest, Crewel, Through to You, and Mobius all use time as a central element in their novels. All have sold in big deals to well known publishers with a few a getting early interest from Hollywood.
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