Tackling subjects like adoption and identity, complicated friendships and the bonds of family, it isn’t just the story that has parallel dimensions… it’s the book, with layers upon layers.

And really, a good time travel story does that. Explores ideas that aren’t just about jumping around in time. Even The Time Machine by H.G. Wells was about more than just one man’s incredibly steampunk-looking invention, it was about heartbreak and love. And Madeleine L’Engle’s classic Time Quintet? Stories about families.

So once you’ve finished Henry’s debut, maybe check out one of these YA time travel stories, all of which are about more than just zipping through dimensions and space.

“Listen, I’m the freak. I’m the weirdo. I’m the troublemaker. I start fights. I let people down. Don’t make Finch mad, whatever you do. Oh, there he goes again, in one of his moods. Moody Finch. Angry Finch. Unpredictable Finch. Crazy Finch. But I’m not a compilation of symptoms. Not a casualty of shitty parents and an even shittier chemical makeup. Not a problem. Not a diagnosis. Not an illness. Not something to be rescued. I’m a person.” 

All the Bright Places
What are the World Book Day 2016 £1 books?
World Book Day is all about dressing up as your favourite characters - of course! But it’s also about the amazing books you can buy with your special World Book Day £1 book vouchers. And we can reveal the fantastic choice of books you’re going to have in March 2016!

One of them is by @rainbowrowell!! Excited!!

There is this lady on the train - I see her most mornings, who is almost always with a book in her hand. She’s around…40 years old, maybe? The really cool thing is that she reads YA (this morning, she was reading a book in the Septimus Heap series, I saw her reading Holes a while ago).  And she is so chill about it, just enjoying her book, reading literally until the train has stopped in the station. And I think that’s fantastic, because we’re so hell bent on labeling everything in our lives, including things related to reading (you’re an adult, so you should read only adult books, you should be reading more classics, you should not read things that are simpler), that we’re forgetting that we’re supposed to do whatever makes us happy. And if reading YA/children’s literature/middle grade makes us happy, we should just do it.

And when you see those good things—and I promise you, there are so many good things—they’re going to be so much brighter for you than they are for other people, just like the abyss always seems deeper and bigger when you stare at it. If you stick it out, it’s all going to feel worth it in the end. Every moment you live, every darkness you face, they’ll all feel worth it when you’re staring light in the face.
—  Emily Henry, The Love That Split the World