Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman****

Time travel. It is the focus of many science fiction books, but Pete Hautman's The Obsidian Blade interweaves religious faith, romance, and time travel into one thought-provoking story. The focus of the story is Tucker, a teenager whose father mysteriously disappears one day when he is repairing the roof. His dad, a reverend at the local church, returns shortly after his disappearancet with a mysterious girl. Eventually both Tucker's mom and dad go missing, and Tucker realizes that there are disks that allow him to time travel.  He enters into alternate realities trying to figure out what has happened to his parents.

This book was good, but seemed cliched at times, and I'm not sure how I feel about the religious undertones. Another complaint I have is that it doesn't really resolve anything at the end, setting up for the second book in the series. I'll be reading that tomorrow, so I will let you know how the story progresses.