Time travel is huge in YA fiction right now. If you know my reading tastes at all, you will understand that I am not sad about this. Buzz about forthcoming books indicates that the trend is only set to strengthen in the coming months and years.
I’ve collected a list of books published within the last year or so, as well as upcoming titles, below. Several are sequels, which points to the trend’s ongoing popularity. All descriptions are from WorldCat or Goodreads. Are there any I’ve missed? Any you’re particularly excited about?
Unremembered by Jessica Brody: A girl, estimated to be sixteen, awakens with amnesia in the wreckage of
a plane crash she should not have survived and taken into foster care,
and the only clue to her identity is a mysterious boy who claims she was
part of a top-secret science experiment. Kimberly’s review
Vortex by Julie Cross: Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Holly,
nineteen-year-old Jackson throws himself into his role as an agent to
Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all
time-travel-related threats, but Eyewall, an opposing division of the
CIA, puts the lives of both Jackson and Holly at risk again. Sequel to Tempest.
Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier: Sixteen-year-old Gwen, the newest and final member of the secret
time-traveling Circle of Twelve, searches through history for the other
time-travelers, aided by friend Lesley, James the ghost, Xemerius the
gargoyle demon, and Gideon, the Diamond, whose fate seems bound with
hers. Sequel to Ruby Red.
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris: While on a trip to Florence, Italy, Cat Crawford travels back in time to
the sixteenth century where she meets her ancestors, falls for an
aspiring artist, and becomes the target of an unwanted suitor.
The Cydonian Pyramid by Pete Hautman: Tucker Feye and Lah Lia each hurtle through time, relating their stories
in alternating viewpoints that converge at crucial moments. Sequel to The Obsidian Blade. Kimberly’s review
Infinityglass by Myra McEntire: From the moment the Hourglass group violated the rules of the space time
continuum to rescue a murdered loved one, time has been in flux. People
from other centuries slide into our time, intruding into our space,
threatening our world. Frantically seeking a way to turn back this tide,
the Hourglass begins a search for the legendary Infinityglass, tracking
it to the city of New Orleans, a place where the past rests easily with the present. Conclusion to the Hourglass trilogy.
Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle: Although her parents are renowned Shakespearean actors, Miranda’s
performance in a school play is disastrous. But before she can get away
to hide, Stephen, a castmate, whisks her to sixteenth century England to
meet–and save–the young Will Shakespeare.
Timekeeper by Alexandra Monir: Bewildered by a new student at her Manhattan high school who does not
know her but seems to be Philip Walker, her lost love from her time
travels, and threatened by Rebecca, who has held a grudge against her
family for 120 years, sixteen-year-old Michele Windsor seeks help in her
father journals and The Handbook of The Time Society. Sequel to Timeless.
Dark Destiny by M. J. Putney: Tory and her friends receive an urgent summons, leading the young mages
known as Merlin’s Irregulars to ask Rebecca Weiss, an untrained telepath
from 1940, to join them in 1804 and stop Napoleon from invading
England. Third in Dark Mirror series.
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone: In 1995 Evanston, Illinois, sixteen-year-old Anna’s perfectly normal
life is turned upside-down when she meets Bennett, whose ability to
travel through space and time creates complications for them both.
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill: Em must travel back in time to prevent a catastrophic time machine from
ever being invented, while Marina battles to prevent the murder of the
boy she loves
Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier (October 2013): Since learning she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling
Circle of Twelve, nothing has gone right for Gwen and she holds
suspicions about both Count Saint-German and Gideon, but as she uncovers
the Circle’s secrets she finally learns her own destiny. Conclusion to Ruby Red trilogy.
Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone (October 2013): Told from his point of view, continues the love story of Bennett, a time
traveler from 2012 San Francisco, and Anna, sixteen, of 1995 Evanston,
Illinois, as they try to make their relationship work despite his fear
that it is not meant to be. Companion to Time Between Us.
Timebound by Rysa Walker (October 2013): When Kate
Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and
speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is
delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the
past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that
medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of
Timestorm by Julie Cross (January 2014): Sequel to Vortex and conclusion to Tempest trilogy.
Unforgotten by Jessica Brody (February 2014): After a daring escape from the scientists who created her, Seraphina and
Zen believe they are finally safe from the horrors of her past only to
discover that new threats await them. Sequel to Unremembered.
The Eighth Guardian by Meredith McCardle (February 2014): It’s
Testing Day. The day that comes without warning, the day when all
juniors and seniors at The Peel Academy undergo a series of intense
physical and psychological tests to see if they’re ready to graduate and
become government operatives. Amanda and her boyfriend Abe are top
students, and they’ve just endured thirty-six hours of testing. But
they’re juniors and don’t expect to graduate. That’ll happen next year,
when they plan to join the CIA—together. But when the graduates
are announced, the results are shocking. Amanda has been chosen—the
first junior in decades. And she receives the opportunity of a lifetime:
to join a secret government organization called the Annum Guard and
travel through time to change the course of history. No cover image yet.
The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare by M. G. Buehrlen (March 2014): For as long as
17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past.
Alex is desperate to find out what
her visions mean and get rid of them. It isn’t until she meets
Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her,
that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a
Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the
space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past
lives, fifty-six histories. No cover image yet.