Through to You
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge
Rating: 3 stars
Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the meds wore off. And now, he’d give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn’t Viv.
The apparition’s name is Nina, and she’s not a ghost. She’s a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can’t believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn’t the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he’s forced to choose—stay with Viv or let her go—before the window closes between them once and for all.
Through to You by Emily Hainsworth was a book I was highly anticipating since it was being promoted as a romantic scifi thriller. While what I found wasn’t exactly that, Through to You was still a gorgeously written book with an authentic voice.
While Through to You was definitely lighter on the side of scifi, I loved how Emily Hainsworth managed to put a very contemporary spin on the idea of multiple dimensions. Seeing how the rules of her world worked was really intriguing. Through to You is heavy on the emotions.
I found myself never really connecting with the story on a deeper level – I felt very disjointed while I was reading it much of the time. I wanted to love this one, but I never had the moment where I just fell in love with the story. I absolutely adored the ending. It was the perfect ending to the twisty story that was Through to You.
Emily Hainsworth manages to write a very authentic voice in Camden. I loved his growth as a character throughout the novel. Nina was another character who I really enjoyed. She was so true and genuine.
Through to You was a promising debut from Emily Hainsworth. With its gorgeous prose and intriguing world dimensions, I was captivated, yet I wanted more. I wanted a connection to the story that wouldn’t let me go.
This review is crossposted from YA Books Central, where it was originally posted.