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Golden Girl

NOTE: For some reason the cover of Golden Girl is flipping out (just like the cover of Emperor Dad), please click one of the links at the bottom of the post to see a pic of the cover as it is supposed to look.

Golden Girl is yet another novel from Henry Melton, an author I’m beginning to think should be on a lot more bibliophile bookshelves!

The synopsis of this YA sci-fi novel is thus: Debra is just another teenage girl with a bit of a rebellious streak towards her not-quite-sure-how-to-be-a-dad dad, when she’s suddenly torn from her bed and told she’s in the future. Not exactly the best wake-up call, right?

Well, things don’t turn up from there. Her lab-suited abductors quickly tell her that things are pretty bad in the future and it all comes down to a huge asteroid impact, which they believe she can prevent by making only a few small changes to her present day (ya know, the one they tore her from before she had changed out of her nightgown).

Just as Debra is convinced of most, if not all, that they’re saying, they send her back to her time to do what she’s agreed to do to save the planet.

Only one problem… Instead of finding herself back in bed, she’s two hundred years in her past! Apparently time travel hasn’t been perfected in the future.

And as Debra erratically jumps back and forth through different time periods she learns more and more. Some of which leads her to the conclusion that she may have been lied to…

Now for what I, your humble Support Group leader, thought: Whoa.

That’s right. Whoa.

I was (and still am) flabbergasted at the absolute creativity and intricacy that Henry Melton put into Golden Girl to make time travel seem innovative and new and… awesome!!!

Without giving away anything to ruin or even slightly taint your own reading experience, I will say that Henry Melton added elements of true surprise to the theory of how time travel would work exactly, and what the effects would be.

The plot shoots right out of the cannon in the first few paragraphs – you’re thrown directly into the action along with Debra, a highly likable and relatable main character.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be turning pages quite frantically, excited in unraveling the layers of what exactly is going on.

What I think I loved most about Golden Girl was how much it allowed me to use my brain, yet didn’t overload me on technicalities. I really appreciate how carefully Henry Melton must have mapped out the storyline, because everything just comes together so perfectly, I was amazed. Honestly.

The mature, yet very entertaining, tone to Golden Girl makes for an excellent novel and fantastic reading. There were even unexpectedly touching moments, not something you always expect from science fiction – but Henry Melton doesn’t go the conventional route, does he?

Yet again, Henry Melton staggered me with his twists and reveals – totally unpredictable – and left me feeling satisfied, nevertheless wanting more.

What more can a book addict ask for?


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