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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Her Eyes Were Green by Maverick Vardøger is a riveting science fiction novel for those needing something fresh in time travel. The story centers around the main character Quade Harrison and his gift for avoiding death. In 1886 he is shot to death, and as the life drains from him, an infamous woman wants to save him, but her beautiful green eyes make him want to live again. The green eyes work as a sort of doorway into eternity, so when he gets the opportunity of another life, he is dwelling in the body of the person who killed him, Cora. It may be his first time doing this, but not his last, as he goes on to live multiple lives, experiencing what it is like to be both lawful and lawless. Then comes the year 2092, and it's time for his last life in a dystopian existence operating on technology and horrors found only in fiction. He crosses paths with an outsider, an expert computer hacker, who helps him figure out his new world and his reason for being. Harrison is faced with the possibility of giving his life for something he cares about, but what will the outcome be, and what about those green eyes?
The plot of Her Eyes Were Green is an intriguing take on the time travel genre, and Vardøger delivers a well-executed story that captivates and inspires the imagination. Trigger warnings may apply due to adult language, explicit violence, and mature sexual situations. You will become quickly absorbed in young Quade and follow him through his different lives, which is a fascinating premise in itself but is perfectly carried out in this novel. I like his personality and the way he lives with abandon. The first-person POV makes for a powerful connection between Quade and the reader, and you will feel as if you're time-traveling along with him. In short, this author's writing is energetic and direct, the dialogue natural. A terrifically entertaining read from beginning to end. If you like immersive dramas about different time periods, some unexpected turns, and unforgettable characters, treat yourself to Her Eyes Were Green by Maverick Vardøger.