This is my review of the entire “So Close To You” trilogy by Rachel Carter. These books are a YA time travel story with adventure, intrigue, secret government conspiracies, romance, and of course time travel! I gave them all 4 out of 5 stars. So much love!
So Close To You by Rachel Carter
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 people who’ve disappeared over the years.
Alongside a darkly mysterious boy she is wary to trust, she discovers that all the stories she’s heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she’s in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.
I really loved this book! I was hooked from the first page, and the suspense pulled me in. I love time-travel stories, and this one is fantastic.
Lydia is a great character, full of curiosity and spunk, but also sensitive, delicate, and sweet. She’s a perfect blend of bravery and doubt. I love the romantic tension between her and Wes. Wes is such a mystery, and she just has to solve that puzzle.
The historical details of 1944 are delightful! The USO dances, the rations, Victory gardens, and the war effort posters are all beautifully described for a perfect setting. I love all the spying and sneaking around the military base too. Plenty of great action in this plot!
It was especially interesting to see Lydia meeting and interacting with people in 1944. Her relationships and friendships with the people she meets were realistically depicted. I really connected with some of these characters! There’s some excellent dialogue and jokes in there that kept me laughing and engaged.
I don’t really have any criticism to make of this book. It’s well-written, and an easy, enjoyable read. I was certainly entertained!
The action really picks up in this second book, and there’s none of that lagging-middle-book syndrome so common in trilogies. I read this book all in one sitting; I was completely unable to put it down for a second! So many questions in this book that need to be answered, mysteries to be illuminated, bad guys to take down, and naturally, romance around every corner.
This time the setting is the dirty streets of New York in the 1980s. Wes and Lydia fall in with some homeless kids who are stealing and partying, and of course, running from both cops and government agents alike. The Montauk Project is a formidable foe, and the characters have to use all their brains and resources to stay one step ahead.
Lydia is a bit less innocent, a bit wiser, and definitely smarter in this book. She’s tougher, but manages to keep her good heart, her kindness and compassion, and especially her fierce spirit. Her insatiable curiosity is tempered with some caution now, but she’s also taking risks in other areas of her life, most notably in her relationship with Wes.
Wes is still such an enigma. I love the depth of his character! He relies on Lydia’s blazing hopefulness as the counterpoint to his own cynicism. It was wonderful seeing him finally allow himself to relax a little and feel something, instead of keeping himself so closed off all the time. But still… there’s so much delicious mystery surrounding him! I adore him!
I loved the new characters, LJ, Nikki, and Tag. They weren’t just faceless homeless kids who filled a place in the plot; they were well-rounded personalities that leapt off the page and into my heart! Wonderful writing!
The pacing is perfect, the writing gives Lydia her own voice, and the character development is fantastic! Love love love this trilogy!
Oh man, this is the perfect ending to this trilogy! I was completely blown away, and read the book all in one sitting. When you don’t need a bookmark, that’s a sign of a good book.
The futuristic setting was very interesting, with the holograms and traffic grids for cars and computerized contact lenses. Very cool, and the perfect backdrop for more crazy missions and adventures with the Montauk Project.
The stakes are really high in this last book. Everything is on the line; Lydia’s family, her relationship with Wes, the evil reach of the Montauk Project, and the future of the entire world… it all hangs on Lydia’s decisions, and every little action she takes could mean the end. The suspense is horrible/wonderful!
There are a couple of death scenes that made me cry my eyes out, and my heart got all broken up in pieces, then slowly stitched back together again through the story. Gah! I can’t handle it. I’m still mourning over those beloved people. I’m literally tearing up as I write this. Musn’t. Cry. Over. Fictional. Characters. Nope, too late. Waaaaahh!!!
Lydia goes through some major changes in this book, and comes close to losing part of herself. I was right there with her the entire time, feeling what she was feeling, going through those difficult situations with her! I just adore her character development through the whole series. Brilliant writing!
Wes is finally coming together as a person. That mystery that has shrouded him from the beginning, and made him such an interesting character, begins to be resolved, and his true personality begins to shine out. What a beautiful character! I love him to death.
Tim is my new favorite! I loved his relaxed personality, so much in contrast with all the tension and suspense going on in the story. He’s a smart, sweet guy, and isn’t afraid to risk putting his true self out there to connect with people. He’s an incredibly important addition to the story, and changes the whole dynamic of things. I just want to give him a big hug!
There was a lot of tension with several supporting characters, both from the Project and from the Rebellion sides. Do we trust them? What are their real motivations? Can they be persuaded to join the good guys, or will they betray us at the first opportunity? Such good story-telling. Really kept me guessing right up to the end.
I really hope this author is working on something new, because I could read her stuff all day long!