Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Posted January 13, 2017 by Lily B in Reviews / 21 Comments

Review:  Into the Dim by Janet B. TaylorInto the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
Series: Into the Dim, #1
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Time-Travel, Science Fiction
Pages: 428
Format: Kindle Edition
Source: Publisher
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Rating: 3 Stars

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. 

Phew, took me a lot longer than I thought to finish this book – almost a year. Into the Dim follows a girl named Hope who believes her mother to be dead, until her estranged aunt comes to find her and tells her otherwise. Now, Hope with a couple of friends, must travel back in time to her mothers last known location and rescue her.

I really wanted a good time traveling book, so I was really excited for this one, but it fell a bit flat for me. I loved the concept of the dim and how it worked in the way that you can only travel to a certain location only once to prevent yourself from running into yourself and causing some major disturbances. I thought that was kind of neat and different.

I had the hardest time connecting with Hope and all of the characters read and acted younger than they were suppose to be. Hope was homeschooled, she doesn’t know how to approach other people, boys are an alien to her, but she has a great photographic memory. Her actions at times were a bit annoying, especially when it came to the books two leading boys, Collum and Bran. Right away when you hear two leading boys, you go, uh oh right? Yup, there is a big potential for a love triangle on the horizon. Hope is desperately pinning over Bran and how handsome he is, and how a boy like him would never look at a girl like her – despite the fact that he was coming on to her clear as day. Bran and Hope are also connected in more way than one, but his biggest secret doesn’t seem to deter her from being all goo-goo eyed over the boy.

Collum was brave, kept to himself and his interaction with Hope leads me to believe he is developing feelings for the girl – even if she has wool over her eyes and can’t seem to get it through his actions because she is too focused on Bran.

Phoebe is Collum sister and honestly from her actions and her character, I thought she was like 8? But no, this girl is not only a teenager, she spends a lot of time clinging to her boyfriend before they are sent into the dim to help rescue Hope’s mother.

One of my main issues was the fact that somehow these adults in the book end up sending 3 teenagers into a very dangerous era, knowing well that there is a woman who is out to get them, purposely putting them in danger without the chaperone. Not only must they recover Hope’s mother, they must also seek out a stone that will allow them to travel wherever they choose to. So the result? These kids get almost killed, over and over again if it wasn’t for the Queen of the era they were traveling to overseeing their safety.

Also, the repetitiveness was strong in this one. I couldn’t begin to count the number of times I found myself frustrated. No matter where these kids went, or did, they always got caught over and over again and had to find a way to escape over and over again. Honestly, I wanted to scream for them to just give up trying, it was only going to end the same anyway.

In the end, I guess a part of me enjoyed it, because the concept was interesting and now that I know that there seem to be only two books – I might eventually read the second just to see how it ends.

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21 responses to “Review: Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

  1. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I think the repetitiveness would bother me and sometimes I just dnf a book when it gets too bad. I have a feeling this one isn’t for me, but brilly review! I may have to reconsider depending on how you feel about the next book. 🙂

  2. That doesn’t bode well for the book if it took you almost a year to finish it. I wouldn’t like the repetitveness either. I will skip this one. Thanks for the helpful review.

  3. The absent adults thing when it was clearly a situation needing adult guidance and the love triangle would have done me in. Top that with the maturity of the characters and repetition in the conflict and I would have quit probably. Glad there was enough with the world building to keep you reading. Sometimes that is enough and maybe some of the annoying elements will smooth out by book two if you go for it. I like time travel stories so I’m glad to get your review on this one.

    • the maturity of the characters was really baffling. It read like it should have been a middle school book, but there was love interests and violence, it was really an odd combo

  4. I was really interested in this one I think early last year but I never did get around to it. The time travel elements had me curious. I saw some lukewarm reviews though and I think that dampened my enthusiasm a bit. After reading your review I feel a little vindicated in that- one of my pet peeves is when characters get captured over and over. It gets old after a while. And Hope does sound frustrating unfortunately. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one!

  5. I’m feeling ya. I gave this a 3 star too. I enjoyed parts, but I must admit, I read this when it came out and I already forgot a lot of things, so not too terrible memorable. If you read book two, let me if it’s worth the read 😉
    Great review, Lily!

    • I’ll prob put myself on the wait list at the library for book two, it’s def not really worth my spending money on it since book 1 was…eh

  6. Time travel books aren’t my cuppa, can’t wrap my head around them. And it’s a bit of a peeve for me when the characters don’t act their age. And sending teens to a deadly mission sounds like a convenient plot driver. Yeah, this isn’t for me.

    Happy weekend!

  7. I love time travel books, but there has to be more to them than ‘just’ the time travel aspect. I think Hope would have gotten on my nerves quite a bit, and I definitely don’t enjoy it when characters act younger than they should. Sorry this wasn’t a complete hit for you, Lily… I would probably never have picked it back up again if I had started it a year ago.
    Great review 🙂

  8. Good on you for getting through this. I would have definitely given up. I need the characters to match their ages, not to mentions adults to act like adults too.

  9. This one caught my eye when it first came out. The synopsis and the mention of time travel was so intriguing. But then I heard *nothing* about it. It had zero buzz and I never saw any feedback (not from anyone I knew, anyway). After reading your review I’m feeling kind of meh about it. Hope sounds pretty clueless and I’m thinking that would get old fast. And the repetition would drive me crazy. Sorry to hear this wasn’t a huge hit but I enjoyed reading your thoughts!
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  10. Gosh, and entire year Lily! That would have tested me to go back to it. It sounds very mainstream YA, all been done before and really brings nothing new to the age group. I think teens these days want challenging characters or narratives they can relate to and sadly this doesn’t sound it. Kudos for finishing it though but sorry it was all a bit meh in the end. Wonderful review Lily <3

  11. Firstly I adore this cover but I’m really not sure I would have had the persistence to carry on with this one!

    The premise sounds good, but it also reminds me of Passenger and I did enjoy that one but don’t really want to see it done again, and by the sounds of it done poorly.

    I’m sorry this one wasn’t better for you. Thanks for the honest review!

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