Title: Class of ’59
Author: John A. Heldt
Genre: Science Fiction, Historical
Page Count: 293
Release Date: September 2, 2016
When Mary Beth McIntire settles into a vacation house on June 2, 2017, she anticipates a quiet morning with coffee. Then she hears a noise, peers out a window, and spots a man in 1950s attire standing in the backyard. She panics when the trespasser sees her and enters the house though a door to the basement. She questions her sanity when she cannot find him.
In the same house on March 21, 1959, Mark Ryan finds a letter. Written by the mansion’s original owner in 1900, the letter describes a basement chamber, mysterious crystals, and a formula for time travel. Driven by curiosity, Mark tests the formula twice. On his second trip to 2017, he encounters a beautiful stranger. He meets the woman in the window.
Within hours, Mary Beth and Mark share their secret with her sister and his brother and begin a journey that takes them from the present day to the age of sock hops, drive-ins, and jukeboxes. In CLASS OF ’59, the fourth book in the American Journey series, four young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they navigate the corridors of time and experience Southern California in its storied prime.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my overall rating of this book.
This book starts off with a literal bang and doesn’t let up as the novel progresses. We follow four young protagonists that discover a time travelling tunnel in their home. Mary Beth and her sister Piper are from 2017 – Mark and Ben are brothers from the year 1959.
This premise really intrigued me when I got an email request for it. Although I haven’t read many, time travelling books interest me greatly. I found that time travelling was done really well in this book.
Mark finds these crystals in a drawer in his home and discovers that when he walks through this tunnel in the house’s basement he is then transported to another time! The actual time travel ‘machine’ confused me a bit because I’m still not 100% sure how it’s done, but the main point is that you have these crystal things that help you jump through time.
The interesting part was how you can spend – let’s say a month – in another time period but still come back only two minutes later in your time. I loved this concept because it got rid of the entire missing persons thing that usually would happen in time travelling books where somebody has gone to another time period for a longer period of time and people start wondering where they went.
The center of the book is about how things might change throughout time but there will always be constants – most notably love. Normally the romance would be my least favorite part of the book, but it was done surprisingly well.
The pair of brothers and sisters end up falling for one another knowing the inevitable of having to be separated by a good 50 years. But they can’t help their feelings from blooming, but they try so hard to keep it from happening. It was so sad to read because JUST LET THEM BE TOGETHER AUTHOR!
But we all know that book characters can’t simply be happy so *shrug*.
I found this book to be very well-written, a great storyline with interesting characters. I might end up finding myself reading one of the other books in the series in the future (there are loads of other books but they can all be read separately since they don’t interconnect).
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Although I really loved following these characters, there were a few things that made me keep from rating this a full five stars. I think it might have to do with the way everything got wrapped up way too cleanly at the end. Besides that, I would recommend this to anyone on the lookout for a time travelling book!
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