Renata Lake is a typical high school girl in most ways, she plays sports, has a boyfriend and likes to get into a bit of mischief now and then when things are a bit boring. Renata and a couple of her friends have formed a secret club to pull pranks and have what they think will be a great one set up for prom night. However, things go a bit off course for Renata and her friends after their prank and the next thing Renata knows she’s in the water and the ship with her friends on it is exploding.
When Renata awakes from her near drowning after the ship attack she finds herself in a strange place. Renata comes to know of this in between area she’s would up in as Patchwork that she has traveled to between times finding herself then headed back to her life a month before prom night. Now Renata believes she has the chance to make things right and save her friends before the tragedy can happen but little does Renata know that the evil that attacked is going to follow her through Patchwork and through time trying to finish what it started that night.
Patchwork was described as a young adult thriller that is a cross between Before I Fall and Inception. Now I wasn’t a huge fan of Inception myself but my curiosity was up on what this book would contain so I decided to give it a try. I will say that perhaps the Inception side of the book is what kept me from giving a full five stars as when finished the one thing I thought was parts of the book could perhaps been a bit more clear, more specifically the Patchwork and how the time traveling worked.
Otherwise, though I found this story certainly contained some interesting ideas when it came to the plot. Renata going back through time trying to fix things and save those she loved kept me engaged in the story and wanting to know how it would all turn out in the end. I also enjoyed that as she goes farther back she’s questioning her life choices and events that she had lived. The story was also definitely action packed and a fast pace which had the pages turning all throughout.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.