Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Publisher/Year: Henry Holt May 10th 2011
Genre: Science Fiction/ TIME TRAVEL!!!
Series: Book 1 in the Precious Stone Trilogy
Other Books From Author: Sapphire Blue (Book 2), Emerald Green (Book 3), Mütter-Mafia series, Silber series
Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS COVER IS. It’s gorgeous. The 2D image here does the cover no justice. Dude, I loved this book, I enjoyed it so much! I flew through this thing and it was SO SHORT! It felt like taking one of those super huge rollercoaster that you queued half a day for, and then it’s over in 5 SECONDS. I’m going to give this a 4.5 stars, and that 0.5 stars because it was too short!! I NEED MORE.
Ruby Red takes place in London with our main character Gwyneth. It’s about this family line that has “time travelling gene”, but only 12 people get the gene. The thing is: you can’t tell if you have the gene until you’re 16/17, when you make your initiation journey and randomly fly through time. Everyone thinks it’s Gwyneth’s cousin, Charlotte, who has the gene and then what-do-you-know! Gwyneth ends up having the gene. But Charlotte was trained to be a time traveller since she’s born. She knows London’s history by heart, how to curtsy/dance/do all the things girls do in their appropriate time periods, and can speak a bazillion different languages. Gwyneth, on the other hand, is pretty much unprepared =P
There is this whole load of mythology about time traveling, and we are as clueless as Gwyneth about them. Almost everyone else could rattle off the cryptic rhymes that prophesied fates of the Circle of Twelve. IT IS SO INTERESTING!! Time is such an enigmatic, unknown thing and we get so many enigmatic, unknown characters, the whole book is a chocolate pudding to satisfy my hunger for theorizing-ism. The past, present and future are quite flexible here, it seems as though time goes in a circle? Or something…? I DON’T KNOW!! We’re given loose ends on so many secrets, and when they clicked together in the last chapters I was like:
“OH… MY… GOD…*mind blank* *speechless* *HUGE MAJOR SPOILER* OH NO NO NO NO NO NO BACK TO THE FIRST PAGE!!!”
We have so many great characters! Lesley is Gwyneth’s best friend and I love their relationship. Both Lesley and Gwyneth are fun and snarky. They reminded me a lot of my relationship with my best friends. I just love how they’d tell each other about everything, and Lesley believes all the magical time travelling crap that Gwyneth tells her, without batting an eyelash. Lesley is very into helping Gwyneth uncover the time travelling mythology and she keeps this giant file of research done on Google. LESLEY IS SO COOL. I have a feeling that if we ever met, I’d want her for a best friend =D
There are many other characters that I’d LOVE to discuss– Gideon De Villers!! and Count Evil-Brain-Controlling-Guy, entire Guardians gang– but I want to keep this review non-spoilery so you’ve got to read that yourself. Ruby Red‘s got adventure, it’s got a little smidge of romance, it’s got a lot of mystery, I had so much fun reading it <3 The story was much more intricate than I thought it would be. AND I CAN’T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THE NEXT ONE.
Have you read this one? Heard of it? If you’ve read it what do you think??? Not gonna lie I’M SO EXCITED. I want more explanations. More Gwyneth-Gideon. MORE TIME TRAVELLING ACTION EEE!!!