The Children That Time Lost
Author: Marvin Amazon
Publisher: Corinthians Publishing
Date of Publication: November 8, 2013
The year is 2043, and humans have been mysteriously unable to reproduce for almost thirty years. To prevent panic and keep the population from dwindling to nothing, global authorities offer a Lotto, where a few winners each week can enter a time portal and bring back adopted children from the future. They’re never allowed to talk about what they saw.
The exception to this system is Los Angeles resident and reluctant celebrity Rachel Harris, the only woman of her generation to naturally give birth. Years of medical tests and treatments have been unable to explain or replicate her pregnancy, and the whole world grieved when Rachel’s daughter died in a tragic accident.
When Rachel wins the Lotto, she’s shocked, and then elated. She can be a mother again. But the baby she meets in 2108 carries a secret that will shatter Rachel’s reality and endanger everyone close to her. Now Rachel must race across time to save her life and her child, even as she discovers that nothing—and no one—are what they seem.
It’s hard to find the right words for this review. I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into when I started this book, I just knew I wanted something different. You probably notice my tendency to review romances, and every so often I like to clear my head of all the happily ever afters. I got that here … I think.
There are so many twists and turns, very few of which I saw coming (though one of Rachel’s secrets I did figure out a bit before it was revealed). The whole book blurred because I needed to read it as fast as I could, wanting to know so many of the mysteries that went into the book: the infertility, the truth behind the Lottery, why she goes back in time … and finally what happens to Rachel in the end.
Rachel is an incredibly strong, determined heroine, worthy of the name heroine. She doesn’t stop, even when she sees everyone around her murdered as the villains of the book try to capture her before she can let loose the truth she has accidentally stumbled on after being gifted a child in the Lottery. She travels through time to the past to unlock what happened to render humanity childless, and to figure out why she was the first one in a generation to birth a child. The answers she finds are so far beyond what she could ahve expected when she set out, it’s mind-blowing (okay, my mind was blown, but I’m not necessarily the best example for whether or not that’s a good thing).
I totally rooted for her to, to steal a popular tagline, Outwit, Out Last, and Out Play the bad guys. And every time I thought I’d figured something out, Mr. Amazon turned up with another twist.
I am totally going to put this author on my list of Must Reads. He’s great and I hope his other books are just as good.
Thank you, Mr. Amazon and thank you NetGalley!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.