Russ has never been your typical teen. After being expelled, Russ has started to get his life back on track. He’s a pop culture junkie, and living in a town where the popular teen soap Cape Twilight” is filmed, how could he not be? So when Russ decides to make his own short film, he recruits the (emotionally unhinged) star of Cape Twilight” and his own motley crew to help out. Seems like a great idea...until the plan blows up in Russ’s face.
Just when everything seems to be falling apart, Russ receives a message on his cell phone from himself. Recorded in the future, future Russ’ informes him that the day can be fixed if he’s willing to use an app to leap twelve hours into the past. Russ is happy to oblige, figuring the day can’t get any worse. But he couldn’t be more wrong. Because as soon as Russ tampers with time and space, he introduces dangerous glitches he can’t control, including alternate of himself. And suddenly Russ’s sanity and the lives of everyone he cares about are at risk if he can’t find a way to regain control of his own life past, present and future.
Mystery author Nikitas (The Long Division) makes his YA debut with a complex adventure in which a teen bends time and space with increasingly messy results. All Russ wants to do is put together a short film that will land him a coveted internship with a local movie studio. When Russ's day takes a bad turn, including his missing the film submission deadline and getting suspended, he leaps at the chance to fix it all, in the form of a mysterious smartphone app that sends him back in time 12 hours. After his attempt to fix matters only makes them worse, he travels back in time again. As each leap generates more copies of Russ existing in the same timeframe, he realizes that something sinister is occurring and that not every copy of him will make it out alive. Readers may need a flowchart to keep track of the multiple versions of characters involved, but this is a clever, fast-paced, and thought-provoking tale, if one that leans a little too heavily on tongue-in-cheek humor and pop-culture awareness. Ages 13 up.