Review | Blue Into The Rip by @KevHeritage

02 December 2013


Pages: 324 pages

Blue didn’t want to be in the future 
…they didn’t want him there either 

A Rip in the fabric of time, a far-flung globally warmed future, a flooded Earth and the only remainder of civilisation – a militaristic organisation living underneath ‘Desert Amazon’… 

Getting back home to rescue his little sister Annie was the only thing that mattered to messed up, mixed race teenager, Blue (named after his stupid, googly blue eyes) – and that was the problem – home was over four hundred years in the past. 

Ripped forwards in time from his odd hippy parents, their peculiar house and his lonely school life, Blue had only one thing on his mind: return. But how does a lowly cadet in a militaristic Academy living in a post-apocalyptic future achieve such a goal, especially with the distractions of girls, pilot training, spacewalks and his almost constant unpopularity? 

The more Blue found out about this flooded, gung-ho annoying future, about himself – who and what he was (was he even human?) – and the equally disturbing and shocking truth about his ‘parents’ – the more he realised getting home was the only solution. Wasn’t it? 

If Blue knew one thing, it was that he would at least try.

A few months ago, Kev contacted me and offered me an ARC of his new novel, Blue Into The Rip to read in return for an honest review. I finally got around to reading it a couple of weeks ago and am now FINALLY posting my review. Kev, I apologise for my tardiness! 
When I first started Blue Into The Rip, I was drawn in hook, line and sinker. I wanted to know who this boy, nicknamed Blue was and why his parents - once he is ripped through time - are considered terrorists in this 
new world Blue is now a part of. 
Once Blue arrives in the future the world is a very different place, the world is essentially inhabitable for life, to go outside a protective substance has to be applied to the skin just to bare the suns rays (something Blue learns is vital early on) and the Academy he is pulled into and becomes a member of are based in a huge underground world. This book isn't just enjoyable but it makes you think about what we're doing the the world we live on. All the conditions described by Kev could be in humankind's future.
Then there was the sci-fi space travel element, when Blue arrives in this new (to him) world, he becomes a member of a set of cadets who all come from varying worlds all over the solar system. I loved getting the know all the different kinds of otherworld beings there were, Kev created a diverse set of characters and described them so perfectly I could just see them in my mind as I was reading. The whole group can navigate easily to the other worlds with Blue and his fellow cadets doing so later on in their training at the academy. 
I loved all the supporting characters in this book especially Hermans, the ultra formal boy from another world who, over time, forms a solid friendship with Blue. There wasn't a character in this book that didn't play some kind of role in the story which I loved. 
And then there's the big twist, which I as always, did not see coming and it really did make the book even better and more enjoyable. I also loved the ending, it was so fitting for Blue and the story he tells in Blue Into The Rip.
All in all, Blue Into The Rip is an amazing read with great characters, an amazing story and a great ending. 
If you think you would enjoy Blue Into The Rip you can read the very first chapter on Kev's blog.

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