Travelers by Meradeth Houston

Travelers by Meradeth Houston Purchase:

    TRAVELERS proposes yet another interesting theoretical question: Does eliminating someone’s existence save them from tragedy? Or in other words, is it better to exist and experience great tragedy or pain than to not exist at all?

    Sienna Crenshaw knows the rules: 1) no time traveling beyond your natural lifetime, 2) no screwing with death, and 3) no changing the past. Ever. Sienna doesn’t love being stuck in the present, but she’s not the type to to break the rules. That is, she wasn’t the type until her best friend broke every one of those rules to keep Henry, her twin brother and Sienna’s ex-boyfriend, alive.

    Suddenly, Sienna is caught in an unfamiliar reality. The upside? Henry is still alive. The downside? Sienna’s old life, including the people in it, has been erased. Now, Sienna and Henry must untangle the giant knot in time, or her parents and all the rest of the Travelers, will be lost forever. One problem: the only way to be successful is for Henry to die.

    Review by Jessica Therrien:

    Meradeth Houston
    Meradeth Houston

    Time travel boggles my mind. It’s one of those things that makes me feel dizzy the moment I start thinking about it and all the sciency rules and what-ifs, yet I still feel incredibly intrigued by the idea.

    TRAVELERS introduces an interesting concept. If you were to travel to a different dimension (or timeline) would you feel like an imposter taking over a life with a past that didn’t belong to you? People would expect you to be the “other you” but the “real you” may not have the same memories etc.

    The main character in TRAVELERS experiences this, and I have to admit, I had never even considered that kind of a dilemma when thinking about time travel. It made for an interesting conflict.

    TRAVELERS proposes yet another interesting theoretical question: Does eliminating someone’s existence save them from tragedy? Or in other words, is it better to exist and experience great tragedy or pain than to not exist at all?

    Don’t get me wrong, this is a YA book. The main character is very much a teenager, but the idea is quite complex. Meradeth Houston did a great job developing a storyline with a heart-wrenching conflict.

    Review by The DMS:

    I have read all of Meradeth Houston’s books and I haven’t been disappointed yet! Travelers is different from her other books in that it’s a time travel adventure. I was very intrigued by the characters and enjoyed learning how the rules of time travel work in this book.

    Close attention was paid to details and the effects that changes would have on other events. I always thought it would be fun to travel back in time or possibly to the future, but when you realize all the things that could go wrong or be changed from the slightest thing it makes you realize it’s nothing to play with. I liked the way the characters were developed and I was able to connect to Sienna.

    I loved Henry, he seems like he was a great guy in any of the realities. Joan kept me on the edge of my seat and made me angry at the way she solved problems that arose. A book that made me think, and I have still been thinking about it since I turned the last page.

    I recommend this book to fans of YA or time travel.