“Someone who doesn’t know if tomorrow will come would rather live everyday twice than live it once.”
Before I get into the review of Shannon A. Thompson‘s Take Me Tomorrow I want to tell you how I came to read this book. Awhile back I decided that I wanted to start a book review blog in hopes that I could help others find books to read and enjoy. I wanted to discuss these books with people outside my already formed collegiate and friend circles. So I started this blog around early August. Imagine my surprise when I, a new blogger with half a handful of followers, had a young up-and-coming author not only follow my blog, but also initiate contact with me AND send me not one, but TWO of her books to read! I was over the moon! Flattered, honored, humbled, nervous. What if I didn’t like her book? What if my review was not good enough? What if she realized I only had three followers and probably wouldn’t generate much interest in her books? Well, I am happy to say that I read both books I was sent … and then went and purchased a few more of hers. And now, two months later, I am fangirling hard! I won’t even lie. It makes me so happy that Shannon is someone who will tweet, Facebook, email, etc. back to you. She communicates with her fans and beta readers. For someone who has pretty much stuck to mainstream most of my life, this is such an exciting relationship! So, without further ado, I move on to my review.
Well, let’s start with a synopsis, stolen from every other website since I cannot currently think of where to begin.
Two years after the massacre, the State enforces stricter rules and harsher punishments on anyone rumored to support tomo – the clairvoyant drug that caused a regional uprising.
But sixteen-year-old Sophia Gray has other problems.
Between her father’s illegal forgery and her friend’s troubling history, the last thing Sophia needs is an unexpected encounter with a boy.
He’s wild, determined, and one step ahead of her. But when his involvement with tomo threatens her friends and family, Sophia has to make a decision: fight for a future she cannot see or sacrifice her loved ones to the world of tomorrow.
If you don’t yet know who Shannon A. Thompson is, let me tell you. She is a twenty-three-year-old Indie Young Adult author and poet currently residing in Pennsylvania with her cat, Humphrey Bogart. If Humphrey’s naming alone doesn’t win you over, Shannon’s writing and creative plots will! She graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in English with an emphasis on creative writing. Now, Shannon has moved on to writing some great series that will quickly capture her readers.
I must say that I am surprised how much I LOVE the plot of this story! I think it is so refreshing and engaging. If I understand correctly, the drug tomo was developed to help deal with depression. However, people became addicted to it and began to rebel against the government. (It almost makes you want to take Tomo to understand what the people see that causes them to rebel.) Because the first book is just beginning this story, it feels like I have just dipped my toes into the world, which brings me to my first issue with the book.
Something (I have no clue what) seems to be missing. It seems like the story needs more setting and character development. Perhaps that will come with the sequel, Take Me Yesterday, which will explore the past more in-depth. In the meantime, Sophia seemed to be lacking a little something that would have made her a much more compelling main character. Maybe it is that she was so oblivious to everything going on right under her nose. Regardless, I am still on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment.
The main thing I had to get over when reading Take Me Tomorrow is that it is spoken in past tense, as all of Shannon’s writing I have read thus far is. Nothing is wrong with past tense, but because I am used to reading and writing in present tense, it was quite a shift for me.
One thing that really struck me in Take Me Tomorrow is that the romance is not overpowering or cloying. Let’s be honest, we all understand that teenagers can be intense. They are coming into the world of adulthood and independence, becoming their own person. Every experience is intense, and love is no exception. However, whereas some books just get annoying and sappy (looking at you, Mr. Sparks), Take Me Tomorrow balances blossoming friendships with possible love interests.
If you are looking for an exciting story (and maybe a little romance), Take Me Tomorrow is an exciting read that I would highly recommend. I myself will be waiting not-so-patiently on the sequel, hoping that we get to explore Sophia’s world more.Until then, I will be reviewing the other books by Shannon that I have read: Minutes Before Sunset and Seconds Before Sunrise. (Coincidentally, I am also waiting on the next and final book in that trilogy.)
The one thing I am left wondering now is what was the conversation between Shannon A. Thompson and her father that sparked this fresh story? If I remember correctly, the plot for the book stems from a simple conversation she and her father had. What a time to have been a fly on the wall!
**Update: Shannon has written on the conversation and why she wrote Take Me Tomorrow! Check out her blog post about it!**
Random thought: Isn’t it funny that tomo helps you see into the future, yet the sequel is going to look into the past? Ironic, perhaps?
Favorite line from the book: “You’d be amazed what a man can do with a great watch.” — Noah