Published by Flux on 8 October 2013
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult
Crack your head, knock you dead, then Prince Harming's hunger's fed.
It's 1977, and Kenny Maxwell is dreading the move away from his friends. But then, behind the walls of his family's new falling-apart Victorian home, he finds something incredible--a mummified baby and a note: "Help me make it not happen, Kenny. Help me stop him."
Shortly afterwards, a beautiful girl named Luka shows up. She introduces Kenny to the backward glass, a mirror that allows them to travel through time. Meeting other "mirror kids" in the past and future is exciting, but there's also danger. The urban legend of Prince Harming, who kidnaps and kills children, is true--and he's hunting them. When Kenny gets stranded in the past, he must find the courage to answer a call for help, change the fate of a baby--and confront his own destiny.
*I received a free ARC of Backward Glass from Flux via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
Backward Glass is a brilliant YA time travel novel, and it really made my day! The main character, Kenny, is pretty careful, but his travels to the past (and sometimes to the future) take him on such a wild adventure I was almost out of breath at times. I love reading about time travel, and I thought it was very well done in Backward Glass. Like, you can’t change what has happened, but you can still be the captain of your own life – that is very important to me on both counts.
The characters in Backward Glass are all very well done! I loved Kenny from the very beginning, and the way the readers are introduced to him is very clever. The mystery is there from the very beginning, as Kenny and his dad find a mummified baby inside one of the walls of the carriage house in their new garden. Kenny gets a strange feeling before he finds the newspaper with the dead baby inside, like there’s static electricity there, and he can’t touch the bundle at all.
The side characters are fleshed out and real as well, and that is always a good thing in my opinion. Racing backwards in time to save someone without actually knowing the whole story and not knowing who the bad guy is becomes second nature to Kenny pretty fast. He really has no choice if he wanted to go back to his own time – 1977. However, between the kids that might have their own agenda, and not really meeting many adults at all, Kenny needs to act fast and be smart about his choices.
Backward Glass’ story unfolds in an amazing way, little by little, the readers discover things about the Backward Glass right along with Kenny, and we don’t have much time to digest one information before the next mystery or clue appeared and had to be dealt with. As Kenny travels through time, first just back and forth between his own time and ten years forward and ten years back, he meets other kids who can travel through the mirror as well, and the one he grows close to is Lucy, or Luka as she likes to call herself thanks to Luke Skywalker, from 1987.
Filled with humor and mystery, Backward Glass is an excellent time travel story for readers of all ages! I recommend it to everyone who enjoys reading mystery stories, and who can suspend disbelief enough to have fun with time travel as well. The rules of time travel are explained to Kenny, and the readers pick up the same clues as he does. The interactions between the characters seem so real, and I wish there would be another story about Kenny in the future, because there was something that happened that I would love to know more about.
And for once, I actually don’t have any quotes to share. Amazing, right? I was so busy reading and trying to find clues that I forgot all about highlighting and actually writing a review after I read it!