Arriving Through Time by Heather Barksdale

Heather Barksdale is a friend and I received a copy of Arriving Through Time in exchange for an honest review. You can purchase a copy of Arriving Through Time here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Following a ragtag group of teenaged friends, enemies, and acquaintances, Heather Barksdale’s debut Arriving Through Time is a fun, fast, YA read about the histories we’re told, and those we discover for ourselves.

When protagonist Lizzie Alexander and her classmates fall down a hole on a school fieldtrip, it’s not wonderland they land in. Rather, they find themselves in first one perilous time and place and then another, and then several more after that. Clocking in at just under 130 pages, Arriving Through Time lives somewhere in the sweet spot between novella and novel length, and because of that has to move at a pretty rapid pace as these teens fall through era after era, chasing family secrets that shake their ideas of self, and upend the personal histories they’ve clung to all their lives.

Barksdale has to keep her story running full tilt to cover all of the ground she wants to cover with these characters, and does so with finesse, given the task she’s assigned herself in this opening salvo. Arriving Through Time reads nicely as a standalone novel, but this reviewer could also definitely see room for a sequel, should the author be up for returning to the characters and tossing them through a new series of centuries and circumstances.

As is, this is a fun, fast read from a novelist who is only just getting started, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what she does next!

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