This Strange and Familiar Place

Overview

These are the things of which Lydia is now certain:

The Montauk Project has been experimenting with time travel for years.

The Project's subjects are "recruits" from across time, recruits like Wes—Lydia's ally, friend, and love.

The Project is now responsible for the disappearance of two members of her family. . . .

And they're coming for ...

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Overview

These are the things of which Lydia is now certain:

The Montauk Project has been experimenting with time travel for years.

The Project's subjects are "recruits" from across time, recruits like Wes—Lydia's ally, friend, and love.

The Project is now responsible for the disappearance of two members of her family. . . .

And they're coming for Lydia next.

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“BACK TO THE FUTURE meets THE X-FILES.”
VOYA - Loryn Aman
It has been a few weeks since Lydia Bentley time-travelled to the year 1944 and back. She quickly learned that the repercussions of the decisions she made while in 1944 have severely changed her current life; the biggest change being her grandfather, Peter, disappeared before she was even born. Not only is she struggling to live a life that is not at all what she knows (her mother and father are not the loving parents she knew, she has a boyfriend she never wanted, and everything she does confuses people), but she is also waiting, day after day, to see Wes. So when the opportunity to time-travel presents itself again, Lydia jumps at the chance with the hope of helping Wes and possibly figuring out the story behind her grandfather's disappearance. Along the way, Lydia learns many things about the Montauk Project, including both her and Wes's role in everything. Overall, Carter has done a decent job of following up and continuing Lydia's story. Lydia's life back in 2012 has changed so much from before she time-travelled that it is almost a relief when she ends up travelling back again in the hope of finding more answers. There is adventure, suspense, and a good helping of romance making this more than just a holding place before the trilogy wraps up. There are a few incidents that occurr that are never fully addressed, but it does not severely impact that overall outcome of reading this novel. This is a highly recommended purchase. Reviewer: Loryn Aman
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 7–10—In this sequel to So Close to You (HarperCollins, 2012), Lydia Bentley has returned through the time machine to her home in 2012. But it is not the home that she remembers. Her trip to 1944 has altered the time line drastically, and Lydia is desperate to get her old life back. When Wes, the Montauk Project operative who helped her return home, appears one night, Lydia is only too willing to travel with him through time again. Their new mission takes them to 1989, hoping to reverse Lydia's grandfather's disappearance, uncover the truth about the Project, and extract Wes from it permanently. However, time travel proves to be much more complex than that. As more facts surface, the possibility of escaping the Project becomes slimmer and slimmer. This Strange and Familiar Place starts out cautiously but slowly rises to a heart-pounding finish. Carter's characters are again complete and engaging. Readers of the series will anxiously await the conclusion of the trilogy and the resolution of Wes and Lydia's stormy romance.—Sara Saxton, Tuzzy Consortium Library, Barrow, AK
Kirkus Reviews
The mystery deepens as time-traveling Lydia struggles to set right the past that she inadvertently altered--driving her beloved grandfather insane six years before her birth. Lydia knows the Montauk Project is no crazy conspiracy theory; her family's been victimized by it twice now. Worse, she doesn't know if she will ever see her beloved Wes, a Montauk "recruit," again. Readers won't be remotely surprised when he appears and whisks her back to 1989--the year her grandfather in this altered timeline was committed to Bellevue and then disappeared--so they can investigate and perhaps learn how to set history right. Oh, and kiss swooningly, of course. In 1989, Lydia poses as a recruit assigned to investigate, with Wes, a New York City politician who--gasp--has some connection to her grandfather. (How this top-secret, technologically advanced, hyper-regulated operation fails to notice the black sweatpants and hoodie she wears instead of standard-issue shiny black spandex is just one of the many details this novel hand-wavingly dismisses.) The plot juggles three elements: Lydia's quest to right her timeline; the Montauk Project's cruelly sinister exploitation of homeless children as time travelers; and Lydia and Wes' irritating pushmi-pullyu romance, in which either Lydia or Wes continually worries the other's undying love has suddenly died--a ham-handed contrivance that does not noticeably amp romantic tension. Guess what: There's another cliffhanger. Stay tuned. Or not. (Science fiction/romance. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062081094
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,053,145
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Rachel Carter has been a teacher, a nanny, a caterer, and a bellhop. A graduate of the University of Vermont and Columbia University, Rachel is also the author of So Close to You and This Strange and Familiar Place. She lives in Vermont.

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