In this unique, fast-paced twist on the time-travel genre and the first book in a trilogy, sixteen-year-old Alex is a spinnerone of a rare few who can rewind time to review past events. Alex's society uses spinners to help solve crimes, but their powers come with a price: no spinner ever lives past the age of twenty.
Hated and feared because of their ability to find the truth, the small population of spinners is restricted to Centerscompounds created to house and protect them. Alex's society uses the spinners' skills to solve major crimes, but messing with time comes with consequences. At sixteen, Alex is in her primeuntil time sickness strikes early. When she is offered an experimental treatment, Alex sees a future for herself for the first time. But the promising medication offers more than just a cureit also brings with it alarming consequences.
About the Author
Carolyn O'Doherty received her MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two teenage sons. This is her debut novel. Visit carolynodoherty.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
REWIND takes place in the urban city of Portland, Oregon. As most of those who live in the Pacific Northwest know, Portland has a reputation for being weird, but things get even weirder when we are introduced to sixteen-year-old spinner Alex. A girl who uses her ability to rewind the past to assist her partner Agent Ross in crime investigations. Now what I love most about this book is how, unlike most stories told in the first person that shows a limited view of the world around them and the characters within it, Alex is able to break away from those limitations and stretch the boundaries of time by rewinding past events. Thus, Alex is able to capture the intentions and perspectives of those surrounding her. Revealing the true colors of not only the criminals she is investigating, but those she calls friends. And who better to tell this tale then strong yet sweet Alex who, despite being held in captivity with others of her kind and being forced to hold up justice in a system that is morally corrupt, still looks to those who govern her for help when she most needs it. I also love how the world building was set in a urban landscape where, if I were to cross the water and visit Portland, I would find myself inadvertently looking for traces of the spinners. I believe this book to be incredibly well written, very descriptive, and deeply satisfying for those who love a good supernatural crime mystery, but minus the dead and un-dead. Keep an eye out for the sequel!