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Erasing Time

Erasing Time

4.7 11
by C. J. Hill

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When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that's so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can't go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a


When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that's so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can't go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. Taylor and Sheridan have to find a way out of the city before the government discovers their secrets. To complicate matters, the moblike Dakine has interest in getting hold of them too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.

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Publishers Weekly
Catapulted 400 years into the future, 18-year-old twins Sheridan and Taylor Bradford are appalled by the Brave New World they encounter. Mankind’s first time machine, the Time Strainer, has brought them forward by accident, apparently because, like a bad Internet search, their names resembled those of the target, scientist Tyler Sherwood. Worse, there’s no way back, and the future is a fascist dystopia. Hill’s (Slayers) vision teeters on the edge of farce in both premise and details, yet never takes that step too far. Sheridan focuses on the values of her upbringing while adjusting, sometimes wrenchingly, to a new world. By her side is Echo, the bereaved survivor of another set of twins, who understands the girls’ desire to escape the domed city-state of Traventon. As a “wordsmith,” a historian and linguist, he can help bridge the gap in their knowledge—but can he be trusted? This age-old jailbreak plot is seasoned with plentiful, often amusing novelties and historical misinterpretations. It’s a mash-up of Weird Science and Erewhon, and though the social message can get heavy-handed, the fun is never far behind. Ages 13–up. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Sept.)
Hill leaves the ending wide open for a sequel, and the combination of action and romance—which has become a trademark of the ever-growing trend of dystopian series—will make readers eager for the next installment.
VOYA - Rachel Wadham
Sheridan and her genius twin, Taylor, are pulled into the future by a time machine developed by unscrupulous scientists. Taken under the wing of a historian and his son, Echo, the girls grieve for home as they struggle to navigate their new world's customs and language. Discovering that the future is not as perfect as it seems, they struggle with whom to trust, finding themselves on the run from the scientists and the mobsters who control the city. As Sheridan starts falling for Echo, even though his own dark secret compromises their relationship, the girls soon learn that they must trust him if they are to escape into the safety of the wild lands outside the city. Hill builds an appealing futuristic world, giving it believable technology and adding color by playing with language. She relies too much on these atmospheric elements, however, so they soon become stale. The characters are also unoriginal, with few significant individual qualities to give depth to their personalities. The plot is focused around the revelation of several big secrets, but when they come to light, they lack impact because the characters' reactions seem false. The overall thematic arc built upon these whimpering climaxes also hides any concept that this dystopia could address. The book ends without complete resolution, teasing the reader for the sequel, which will hopefully add the depth this work lacks. Reviewer: Rachel Wadham
Kirkus Reviews
A dash of time travel gives a fresh flavor to the quickly staling dystopia genre. Just as apprentice wordsmith Echo, a historian who's studied the progression of the English language, prepares to flee his totalitarian city in the year 2447, a mad scientist unleashes the Time Strainer. Programmed to retrieve Tyler Sherwood, who revolutionized theories about matter in the 21st century, the time machine mistakenly delivers identical twin females, Taylor and Sheridan. Because of his abilities, Echo is assigned to monitor and translate for the teenage sisters. The initially slow third-person narration picks up pace as it alternates between Echo's and Sheridan's points of view. After learning about a Mafia-like organization that controls society and the mad scientist's real plans for the Time Strainer, the twins decide to escape. Although kissing hasn't changed in four centuries, Sheridan's not sure she can completely trust Echo to help them. What the story lacks in detail of the futuristic time period, it makes up in its attention to the evolution of language and religion. Taylor and Sheridan's quick-thinking idioms allow them to make plans right under the guards' noses and strike while the iron is hot. For once, literature buff Sheridan outshines her physicist-prodigy sister. Dramatic twists and turns to the very end ensure readers' attention and the possibility of an equally thrilling sequel. (Science fiction. 13 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Twins Sheridan and Taylor are snatched from their comfortable home and dragged 400 years into the future by scientists with dubious intentions and a time machine. While the science strains credulity, it's really just a device to set the twins up in the future. Present at their arrival is historian and wordsmith Echo, charged with acting as translator and then babysitter when the scientists realize that the girls are not the groundbreaking scientist whom they intended to pull forward. The future is both too comfortable, breeding a clueless citizenry oblivious to the rampant pollution and lawlessness outside their domed cities, and slightly menacing. Silly fashions and frivolity mask a society riddled with corruption and a Big Brother state that has outlawed religion of any kind. In order to escape a mind wipe, the siblings enlist the help of Echo, who has connections with the mafialike Dakine, and the "doctors" who are the underground preservers of religion that conduct like-minded believers out of the city to a safe haven. The twins' use of idiom as a means of secret communication is amusing, and the gentle romance between Echo and Sheridan will attract some readers, but the strong religious themes make this book a better choice for readers of Christian fiction looking for something with a sci-fi twist.—Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VA

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HarperCollins Publishers
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5.88(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

C. J. Hill is the mother of twins. They aren't identical, but this doesn't mean she always calls them by the right name. In fact, she occasionally calls all her children by the wrong names (she has five) and has even been known to throw the dog's name into the mix. Laugh now, but you'll do the same thing when you have kids.

If C. J. had a time machine and could visit another century, she would probably go to the Regency era instead of the future. According to all the novels she's read, the past was filled with a multitude of dashing lords and viscounts who were always on the lookout for damsels in distress, whereas the future is populated by scary dystopian societies.

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Erasing Time 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JulieWallace More than 1 year ago
Time travel, Love, Escape, and Death all wrapped into a gripping tale.What an exciting book! Identical twins, Taylor and Sheridan get abducted into the 25th century. Lots of things have changed in the future and defiantly not for the good. Echo and his dad Jeth are "wordsmiths" who studied and fluently speak the English version of the 21st century. They are called in to help the scientist figure out what went wrong from the two girls. The Time machine made the mistake and brought two teenage girls instead of the scientist they were searching for. Echo's twin Joseph was recently killed by the evil Dakine’s group who has more power and control than the government. Echo is ready to escape but his plans change as he becomes attached to Sheridan and wants to help her. Taylor who is the genius of the twins comes up with a dangerous plan to destroy the time machine, hoping to prevent anyone else from experiencing the same terrible fate of being stuck in the future. They have to do this and escape before the government erases their memory and installs a tracking device. C.J. Hill's word-play was spectacular. With the slang we use today the girls were able to disguise what they were planning. It was hilarious to see through the eyes of those in the future how ridiculous those sayings really are. The story kept you wondering, who was bad? Who could they trust? How would they ever return home? The conclusion was nail-biting to the very end. A must read, not only for Sci-Fi fans but those who enjoy a good love story.
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
What I Liked: 1) I've recently gotten into time travel - well, back when I read Julie Cross's Tempest. So I definitely loved that aspect of the story. This one took a different bend than what I was used to. Notice in the summary that it says they "can't go back". Because of the scientific explanation of their time traveling, there are reasons that they can't return to their time period. That was more than a little nerve-wracking for me, but was one of the many things that kept me flipping the pages. 2) Taylor and Sheridan. I thought their relationship was very well written, it was so easy for me to understand where each twin was coming from, despite their being so different. I thought they were developed well throughout the story both as individuals and as a duet. Taylor can be a little...irritating at times, but this book would not have worked as well as it did if not for her and Sheridan. 3) I LOVED how vastly different the world was 400 years from now. Even the language is something that Sheridan and Taylor have to work to understand. Some things are vaguely familiar to our MC duo, but it's a completely new world. And I loved how creative the author was in creating this new place. 4) Echo's story. This was heartbreaking. If the other parts of the book weren't great (which they are), this character and his back story would be worth the read anyway. There is always something about him that you know is holding him back from opening up completely, and when you find out what it is, he suddenly becomes an open book, and completely loveable. Not loveable in a teddy bear kind of way, more loveable in a you need a hug kind of way (and to stroke his probably smokin' abs.) Heh. What I Didn't Like: I can't think of a single thing I didn't like about this book! Overall Thoughts: Erasing Time is an intriguing story full of plot twists, time travel, some mysterious scientific discoveries, and exciting action. The main characters, twins Sheridan and Taylor are easy to get to know and relate to and lend the story an air of realism, but it's Echo who really steals the story. His story will absolutely touch your heart and leave you wanting more when you turn the final page.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
What would you do if the world that you’ve known all your life was ripped away from you in an instant? How would you feel if you were all of a sudden transported into a world four centuries into the future? How would you know who to trust? For twins Sheridan and Taylor, that is exactly what happened to them. One day, they are sitting in their room making plans and the next minute, a flash of light appears and takes them away from all that they know. Now, they find themselves in a world that is well into the future. Where the English language that they know is completely different and their beliefs are all but forgotten, and pretty much illegal. Sheridan and Taylor find themselves amongst a group of scientists who have created a machine that searches for an individual in the past, and basically sucks them into the future. The target that they were going for goes by the name Tyler Sherwood. But instead, these future scientists end up transporting both Sheridan and Taylor into their time. But how safe are the twins? With the threat of having their minds erased so as not to corrupt the general populace with their “old school” ideals, both Sheridan and Taylor have to find a way to escape. Not only do they need to get away from the very government that wants to erase their minds/memories, but they also find themselves needing to find a way to stay away from the Dakine, a group of individuals who are basically classified as the Mafia of their time. Enter Echo and his father, Jeth. Both had been in the room when Sheridan and Taylor had been transported to act as translators. Echo seems to be someone that the twins can entrust their lives in, but behind those blue eyes lies a deep, dark secret that may end up being their demise. Erasing Time was an intriguing story with a very promising story line. For me, there were times where the story was a little slow, and it did take some time for the story to pick up in some parts. I found it very entertaining when Sheridan and Taylor had to speak in slang in order for them to devise their plans, and to not have Echo and his father understand what was really being said. There were certain points that I found very humorous, as the slang used did not translate at all for the new world. Words were taken literally, and I could easily imagine the shock on their faces as the girls spewed out the sentences. Although the Dakine were supposed to be one of the biggest threats in the book, there was actually not much time spent with this said group. We learn about some of the corruption that they can do, including murder, but it would have been interesting to see more from that group. I did love the various plot twists and turns that author, C.J. Hill incorporated in the storyline. Even though I was able to figure out what the big shock factor in the book would be, it still didn’t deter me from continuing on with this story and watch it all unfold. Fans of Sci Fi reads will come to appreciate Erasing Time and the concept of time travel. If you’re looking for more of a scientific YA read, then Erasing Time by C.J. Hill may just be the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book, just wish i had the money to get the sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand three times than post this under three books.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
First off I want to mention something about this Author.  My daughter and I went to a book signing of hers a while back.  She is such a genuine individual.   This author will hold a special place in my heart forever also.  Why, you ask?  While at the book signing the author told us that she has Dyslexia.  I was so surprised.  I honestly am blown away that there are authors out there with Dyslexia.  I have seen first hand how hard it is for my son to read and write, so having authors out there that have published books with this "learning disability" is so inspirational to me.   I have loved C.J. Hill's (aka Janette Rallison) writing for a while.  She is probably one of my favorite authors, so to get to know a more personal side of her was absolutely fantastic.  I am so thankful for people like her and Stacey R. Campbell (I am sure there are more, but these ones I know) that are willing to share this "learning disability" with others so that they can see that nothing should ever hold you back from your dreams. Okay, I am done with being a sappy mom for now......on to the review: I really enjoyed reading this book.  I don't quite know where to start I think I will share a little about each character that I liked first :). Sheridan Bradford:  She is a twin that is just a "normal" teenage girl.  She is finishing high school, and is such a great character.  She is sweet, and a little too trusting, but much smarter than people give her credit for. Taylor Bradford:  Sheridan's twin - is brilliant.  She graduated high school at the young age 13 and college at 16 and was working on a doctoral program in particle physics.  She was too smart for her own good.  She is pretty sassy also.  I think she might be a little too arrogant, but I also think that's what makes her, her :). Echo:  Is a handsome boy from the future :).  Need I say more?  hehe!  He is a genius as well, and studies lost languages.   Sheridan and Taylor are pulled from their home and find themselves 400 years in the future.  They meet Echo who is in charge of helping the girls adjust to their new surroundings.  They were brought into the future by mistake.  The scientists were searching for a Tyler Sherwood.  They needed his expertise on the same machine that brought Taylor and Sheridan to the future. Sheridan and Taylor soon learn that everything in the future is computer generated.  People don't have animals because they are all extinct.  They don't have religion because religion was lost.  Children are genetically "enhanced" and are brought up by guardians and not parents until they are older.  It is a strange place and they want to return home. Echo is the young man who is in charge of helping the twins cope with their new lives.  Taylor and Sheridan soon find out that Echo is also a twin, and had recently lost his twin brother. There is an organization in the future that is like the mafia called the Dakine.  They are not good and seem to be the reason for all the bad things that happen.  Taylor and Sheridan are coming to find out just how dangerous the Dakine can be. The language has evolved in the future and Echo is one of the few who can communicate with Sheridan and Taylor at the beginning.  I had to laugh each time the twins talked in "code".  They were phrases that we use quite often, but were not understood in the future.  Things like "I'm not letting you give the the brush off" and "I'll try to nip this thing in the bud".   It made the book quite entertaining, and I laughed out loud more than once at their back and forth.  It was very clever! I loved the futuristic way they dressed and did things.  It reminded me a lot of "The Capital" in "The Hunger Games".  People all dressed wild with funky hair and funky make up.  It was absolutely wonderful.  Hill does a great job of describing the outfits, and make up that I found myself laughing out loud a few times at what the description put in my head.  It is visually stimulating.  I know it's a book, but that is why I enjoyed it so much.  Hill did a great job of making my imagination run wild. There is mystery, love, and danger in this book.  It is so interesting to think about what the future may hold, and what others think it might be like.   I am so anxious to see what the next book has to offer, because there is a major "plot twist" in this book that I was NOT expecting.   I just love it when an author can do that.  I always seem to think I "know" whats going on, and then BAM...I am hit with the unexpected.  I LOVE IT!   I am still trying to wrap my head around the twist in the plot, so I must go on to the next  book.  I was going to pick another "random read", but I have to see what happens next :).  This was such a great, fast read.  It's full of twists and turns, and excitement. On to book 2 "Echo in Time"!!!!  Can't wait :)! Source:  I bought this book for my self and my daughter.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book, I could'nt put it down. Wasn't expecting what came to light toward the end of the book however, I wish the book was longer or at least have a second book to continue the story. You're left hanging somewhat as to what happened.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know how when a book is good, like really good, you completely stop the rest of your life for it? Like instead of grocery shopping or looking for a job, you just sit on the swing outside and read. And the weather is wonderful and you could be relaxing in the pool, but you’d rather sit beside the pool and dive into a book like your life depends on it. Yeah, this is totally that book. I completely forgot the environment around me and was thrown into Erasing Time. It took some time to get the feel for the book. Third person POV always distracts me! Ugh, I don’t know what my problem with it is, but I don’t enjoy reading it. However, once the action and adventure started, I was hooked. Line and sinker. There are constant twists and happenings. Once I would decide that this was that, I was immediately proved wrong. Surprises. Everywhere. Shocking surprises that made me grin, laugh, and cry all at the same time! So yeah, this turned out to be way better than I expected. Great character development, great sci-fi adventures. Dystopian is becoming my new favorite craving.
TimLogeTeenLibrarian More than 1 year ago
Teens will root for the twins, and for more of their story. College twins Sheridan and Taylor are zapped into the future where God and doctors seem to be no longer relevant. Unfortunately for the twins, they find themselves suddenly very relevant and expendable as near-prisoners. The teens, invited to their first darty (a dance party), get to spend time with one of their handlers, a handsome but mysterious young man named Echo, who may or may not be interested in their welfare. Even before agreeing to go to the darty, the twins know that in order to stay alive they need to escape the city of Traverton. For scientists wish to erase the twin’s 21st century memories, a dangerous mob-like society wants to use them, and even the Vikers, the starving one-armed criminals, would eat them, if they could get ahold of them. C. J. Hill creates a believable, but frightening, new world where our unlikely heroes meet the future to discover that the world has ended as they knew it. Once the story is set, this thriller pours on the action, including a Da Vinci Code like mystery. Teens will root for the twins, and for more of their story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good