Dorothy, a Seattle con artist, time travels from 1913 to a drastically different Seattle of 2077.
Sixteen-year-old Dorothy, who is assumed white, has no intention of marrying a wealthy man so that her mother can fleece him. She makes her escape, stowing away on a strange aircraft that’s crash-landed nearby. Dorothy soon finds herself in the mostly underwater New Seattle of 2077, which was devastated by a 9.3-magnitude earthquake two and a half years earlier. Along with handsome, blond Ash, a former World War II fighter pilot, she meets Chandra, a medical student from ancient India; Willis, a white circus strongman from 1917; and Zora, an African-American mechanic and the daughter of time machine inventor professor Zacharias Walker. Walker has disappeared, and the group must travel back in time to find him. The danger is greater than ever, and the fate of the world may be at stake. The very capable Dorothy, despite being taught never to trust, finds herself becoming fond of this motley crew…especially Ash. Unfortunately, the head of The Black Cirkus, a local gang, wants to use time travel for his own reasons and has plans for Dorothy. Rollins (Breaking, 2017, etc.) explores the potentially confusing mechanics and possible consequences of time travel with aplomb, and intricate action sequences in the eerie New Seattle and a military base in 1980 are thrilling.
Pure fun with an explosive twist. (Science fiction. 13-17)