“Time rolled to a stop on the Massachusetts Turnpike.”
That’s the first line of Daniel Price’s refreshing novel The Flight of the Silvers*, one of the most entertaining time-travel stories I’ve read in years. This first line signals not only that we’re in for some weird time-bending stuff but also that the author is interested in realism, not just the fireworks of mind-bending world-building. (Don’t worry, there’s that, too.)
As children, two sisters, Amanda and Hannah, witness time stand still when three mysterious and quite possibly malevolent strangers inexplicably rescue them from a — relatively speaking of course — mundane accident (near Chicopee, for my fellow Mass Pike-goers).
Seventeen years later, Amanda and Hannah are as different as two sisters can be, and yet, they, along with four strangers, are rescued from the end of the world by the silver bracelets snapped over their wrists by the same shadowy figures from the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Then the really weird stuff begins.
In their new world, which, refreshingly, is neither utopia nor dystopia, just a topia (ok, alt-topia), the six strangers navigate an America they don’t understand (that’s where the very cool world-building comes in) and personal powers that surprise and shock them. (I don’t want to give too much away, but think X-Men meets time travel meets Terminator 2. Kinda.) The forces tracking them are powerful in different ways, and are largely unfriendly, to say the least: the menacing, powerful strangers who saved them from apocalypse; an FBI-type agent hoping not to get an NSA-like agency involved; a group of strangers with their own superpowers and everything to lose; and a psychopath from their own America with a nasty grudge.
Two squabbling, sisters, one recovering alcoholic, one boy genius with possible sociopathic tendencies, one teenage girl, and one cynical comic-book artist attempt to evade them all without losing themselves in the process. While The Flight of the Silvers is a rollicking and often funny piece of speculative fiction, Mr. Price also asks questions about community, isolation, family, and immigration that figure prominently in our own place and time.
And a final word to the wise, dear readers: The Flight of the Silvers is the first in a multi-part series, and from where I sit, there’s no way it won’t become a film franchise.
*My thanks to Blue Rider Press for sending a review copy of The Flight of the Silvers.
Tomorrow: An interview with Daniel Price, author of The Flight of the Silvers.
10 thoughts on “Recommended Reading: The Flight of the Silvers, by Daniel Price”
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Great review, very useful! Thank you.
Wow! Another one you have recommended that I now have on my TBR list! 🙂 Thank you!
You had me when you said it involved time travel, but you might have lost me when you said it’s the first in a series. I tend to stay away from series, not because I don’t think they’ll be good, more because I’m afraid they’ll be too good and will take up too much of my reading time (which is not huge). I stay away from TV for the same reason. Could the book stand on it’s own, or is there a cliff-hanger ending?
The book can stand on its own; the ending isn’t a cliffhanger, but I definitely wanted to know what would happen next.
Ooh, I was also very intrigued by the time travel aspect too and overall the story sounds thrilling. But I’m with Naomi and not sure if I want to take on another series, but never say never … 🙂
Let me know if you decide to give it a go! Like I told Naomi above, it can definitely stand alone. And the other books aren’t yet published, so you’d have time, anyway. 🙂