So Close to You
Release Date: July 10th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and the people who’ve disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather.
When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she’s ever heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she’s in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.
Alongside a darkly mysterious boy she is wary to trust, Lydia begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the Project. But the truths behind these secrets force her to question all her choices—and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them… and herself
An engrossing plot, a mind-bending dilemma and unexpected love line the pages of Rachel Carter’s YA debut So Close To You. Its a quick read with a killer ending that will leave readers muddled.
So Close To You started slow. Throughout the book, the plot is slow-moving. In fact, throughout the first-half of the novel, I found myself distracted and ready to skim a few pages. My mind was wandering and I couldn’t keep myself from glancing further into the book. Though in the end it picked up drastically, I realize not every reader will give it a chance.
Lydia is a hard-headed girl. She knows how to throw a punch, get in trouble, and well, get in trouble. The whole story stems from her inabililty to keep her curiosity to herself and stay away from danger when told to do so. And while I didn’t find myself connecting with Lydia most of the time, I did love the scenes with her grandfather. Particularly because it reminded me of my own grandfather.
I wish I could have gotten closer to the characters. Understood them more. But even as I read more and more of the story, I still felt like I was watching everything unfold from a distance.
So Close to You is a solid debut with lots to offer as a promising start to a new trilogy. The time-travelling concept it surrounds around is easy to grasp for even the most sci-fi-illiterate readers. The ending is a cliff-hanger, leaving a lot of threads hanging, and some suspense for the sequel. And while So Close To You doesn’t have what it takes to be a read that will linger in your mind long after, you’ll be surprised by the ending. And eagerly anticipating book two.