Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Genre: Time Travel
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release date: May 10, 2011
Series: Edelstein Trilogie #1
Source: Review copy provided by St-Martins
Reviewed by: Lucy
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.
Gwyneth is part of an extremely gifted family, a family of time-travelers. However, not everyone in this family possesses this special talent. It has been long suspected that Gwyneth’s cousin, Charlotte, has been chosen to possess this gift. They soon discover that Gwyneth is to be the final time-traveler in her family lineage. She has never been prepared to carry out such a talent nor the details of everything it entails, and must rush to learn everything she can within a short period of time.
Luckily, Gwyneth is not alone. Gideon is from another long line of time-travelers, and will be her partner to travel through time with. Gwyneth and Gideon aren’t so fond of one another at first, although, as time progresses they become tolerant of one another and learn to work as a team. Together they begin an incredible journey and enter the 18th century London time. What will they discover when they enter this historical era?
Ruby Red is the first installment in this trilogy, followed by Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green. As some of you may already know this trilogy was originally released Germany as the “Edelstein Trilogie” and is currently being translated one book at a time.
My favorite element of Ruby Red is definitely the time-travel factor. I have read a few time-travelling themed books, and this story was fun and very enjoyable with its own unique twist. As for the characters, Gwyneth was the most relatable. She’s funny, quirky, and very down to earth. Her character starts off as being your average girl, nothing really exciting in her life, then she faces something incredible and has to go into it head first with no other options.
With a little bit of romance and history thrown into the equation, this is definitely a wonderful read. I’m looking forward to the next installment of this trilogy.
I recommend Ruby Red to those who enjoy Young Adult Fiction, with historical and time-travel elements.