What should be a routine mission leaves Ethan with a serious problem. He’s fractured—a break between mind and body that leaves him at the mercy of his Rifter abilities, which are quickly tearing him apart. He will have to trust the only person who might know how to fix him, a mysterious Rifter named Stewart Stills, who seems to have a special connection with the time stream.
Praise for Riven
This companion volume, or "sidequel," to Prodigal retells many of the same events from the perspective of Ethan, a former (fictional) acolyte of villainous genius Nicola Tesla, but there are enough original events for the story to work for new readers. Ethan time-travels with the Hollows, individualists who oppose Tesla's plan to control the time streams. When Ethan begins experiencing strange side effects of time travel, he learns that his role in the conflict between Tesla and the Hollows may be more complex than anyone imagined. When the story moves to a dystopian setting in which all time travelers are hunted, the pace and engagement soar, as readers are introduced to a horrific, dust-laden future that might only be avoided by great sacrifice. Although the book has flaws, its rich description, moral questions, and complex plot threads make it worth reading and typify the series. (May)