It’s January, which means it’s that time of the year when we—bloggers, readers—are recalibrating and looking ahead at all the thrilling reads for the new year. To me, the most exciting thing so far about 2016 are all the time travel books coming our way. And there are so many, I even wonder if time travel is the new dystopia? Only time (hehe) will tell.
Here are the ones on my radar so far:
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry (January 26): a more romantic Time Travel novel billed as Friday Night Lights (which I love) and The Time Traveler’s Wife (which I hate) in which Natalie Cleary must save the boy she loves. Natalie starts seeing glimpses of an alternate time—her front door is red instead of green, for example, and one day her whole town disappears for hours—and then a woman shows up to tell her she has days to “save him”.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (February 16): The buzz is strong with this one, with a lot of early positive reviews for this YA Fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Nix sails across the globe and through time aboard her time-traveling father’s ship (how exciting!) but when her father finds the clue to save her mother’s life, Nix’s entire world is at stake.
Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor (March 1): After losing her mother to an earthquake overseas, Hope Walton travels to Scotland to recover, only to discover that her mother was a member of a secret society of time travelers. Billed as Outlander for teens, Into the Dim follows Hope’s adventures in the 12th century as she tries to save her mother’s life.
Time Traveling with a Hamster by Ross Welford (March 31): I am ridiculously excited about this one, the only kid-lit entry on this list. A boy travels back to 1984 to prevent a go-kart accident and save his dad’s life, all without losing his pet hamster, Alan Shearer.
Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs (April 1): Elena Martinez, a teen girl with eidetic memory, is selected to be part of a time traveling team and a top-secret project to travel to the future and bring back data. But things go very wrong and it’s Elena’s prodigious memory that might be able to save the world.
Once Was a Time by Leila Sales (April 5): Leila Sales is a beloved YA writer and this is a book about friendship and time travel and war. In the ’40s, when Charlotte Bromley’s father discovers something that the Germans might want for themselves, it falls on the girl’s shoulder to make a decision that might save the world, but separate her from her best friend.
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood (May 3): This YA novel follows Gottie H. Oppenheimer’s as she travels through wormholes to specific, heartbreaking moments in her life. Grief, love, and quantum physics are promised in this debut.
Time Siege by Wesley Chu (July 12): Chu’s sequel to 2015’s Time Salvager, in which the future of making is so toxic, the only possibility of survival is to go back in time to savage the technology needed. Save the past, save the world.
Papergirls series by Brian K Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (ongoing): Papergirls is the new comics series by Saga creator Brian K Vaughan that follows a bunch of teen papergirls as they get involved with seriously wacked time traveling shenanigans.
So this is my list! Do you know of any upcoming travel time books I can add to it?