Series: Into the Dim #1
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 1, 2016
Genres: Historical, Sci-Fi
When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.
Heroines Who Rock: Hope Walton from Into the Dim by Janet Taylor
Who She Is:
Hope Watson is basically an orphan. Her mom’s missing presumed dead and her adopted dad has moved on—he’s already engaged and planning his honeymoon. To keep her out of the way her dad ships her off to her maternal aunt in Scotland where she learns about her family’s history that her dad knows nothing about and her mom hid from her. They are time travelers and Hope must travel back to the 12th Century reign of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine to save her mom who isn’t dead, but trapped in time.
Why She’s Awesome:
Hope has a raft of anxieties that she struggles with. This was refreshing in a heroine—so great for young readers to see someone fight these demons. She also has an eidetic (a.k.a. photographic) memory, which is both a blessing and a curse. In dealing with her neurosis and phobias Hope is grappling, managing and sometimes failing, at least in the short run. I wish she’d had more true failures and then had to figure things out from there. And while I’m wishing I wish her struggles with mental disorders had been more evenly portrayed, there are a number of missed opportunities to incorporate her phobias and anxieties. However, in looking for diversity it’s a good place to start.
Who She Loves:
Her mom. Hope will move heaven and earth to get her back. Including conquering (I wish I could say working through) her extreme anxieties. She also has a bit of a romance, which was fun, but her true love was definitely her mom, which was awesome.