Cait’s Review of “The Exchange” by M.F. Lorson

By: Cait Marie

*I received an ARC of this book from the author for my honest review.

In 2030, Ari attends an institute that holds an exchange program… for time travelers. Ari is constantly getting in trouble due to her hate of the program. To save her father’s job after another incident, she unwillingly agrees to be a guide for one of the exchanges.

In 1903, James has a very dull farm life. He wants nothing more than to go to school and not have to attend the farm with his parents. When he hears of the exchange program, he writes an essay explaining why he would like to participate, and is given the chance to go to the future for three months. However, he has no intention of ever returning.

Despite her hate for the program and the Institute, Ari warms up to James. As they become friends and begin trusting each other more, they start discovering secrets about the program. Dangerous secrets. Life-changing secrets. Together, they must work to uncover the truth and right some horrible wrongs.

I really enjoyed this book. I was going into it wanting just some light, fluffy romance story, and I thought that’s what I was getting. It was so much more than that! It was intense and I had so much anxiety toward the end! It really surprised me and I loved it even more for that.

The characters were varied and interesting. The writing was well done. The only thing I didn’t like was how it ended. Well, that’s not true. Without giving too much away, I loved the ending, but I didn’t feel like there was enough closure on some of the things brought up throughout the book. If there is going to be a sequel, then the ending is perfect. I just don’t know if there will be or not. Again, it’s hard to explain without spoilers.

This book was good though. It’s fun and kept my attention very well. I would recommend it if you’re interested in time travel, different cultures, and/or romance.



Alright, so an explanation for the ending. Basically, they discovered that all of the Exchanges are people from times of some sort of disaster, so right when they return, they die and can’t tell anyone about time travel. Ari helps him go back in order to save his family, but gets stuck there.

Throughout a lot of the book they question whether or not they can trust her dad and ask for his help. Well, at the very end, we see Ari show up in 1903 to find James. The epilogue is a letter to her father on where she’ll be so he can bring them both back.

We never find out if they return, though. I assume her father would, but what happens then? What about the Institute? What about the other Exchanges? Does she tell her father everything, including the truth about her mother’s death? Do they take down the Institute? Does James get to stay in 2030? Does he have to hide?



***Update: I got one answer. Lorson informed me there is an intended sequel! So, yay!

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