Since being a child, Alex has visions that bring her living some historical moments, this fact distanced her from her peers who think she is quite strange / weird (Note. Alex does nothing to prove them wrong).
One day she is told the truth: these are not visions, but she has the ability to descend back in time by entering in one of her previous lives; Alex in fact has lived 56 lives because she, unique in the world, has the possibility to reincarnate after dying.
Then there is the conspiracy, the multinational corporation that seems good – but in truth it’s evil – that uses the ability to go back in time for evil purposes. Now another note is due: this fact that some people can go back in time must be accepted by the reader in faith, in fact the reader will not ever know how they are able to do this, he will only know that they can and that they also can teach it to other people.
In the end the novel is a great disappointment, a lot of elements are given without explanations (the limbo, the descenders, reincarnations etc.. ), the main character is insufferable, vexed by self-pity, scared but suddenly ready to face dangerous missions in the past.
Moreover it seems that the purpose of the whole novel is to fulfill the love between Alex and an unknown boy with blue eyes (she nicknamed Blue) she meets in every of each her previous lives (or so it seems, since of the 56 previous lives we are allowed to grasp a view of only three of them), in fact for almost half of the novel we follow Alex and Blue adventures, completely unuseful for the whole plot.
In the end the idea could have worked but the execution is not good enough.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M. G. Buehrlen ★★☆☆☆
*I read this book in English