I originally read this book between 2000 and 2006 and it was either in the teen or young adult section of the library and the things I remember are:

  • The main characters are a girl and boy (romance subplot). I think she was from the present and he was from the future.
  • She travels forward in time with him (could be accidental) and my main memory is that using his time travel device is partially done by moving your hands in a mobius strip pattern. They also may see an actual rainbow mobius strip when they do this.
  • His father (some sort of military person in charge) does not like/trust her so she is locked up and will be sent back(?)
  • The future world did not seem large as it mainly focused on the girl, the boy, his father and the immediate colony (?) in the area.
  • She might have some sort of special ability to use their devices
  • They use some sort flyer to travel around. Reminded me of a helicopter.
  • Paradox: There is a scene where she and the boy are hiding in the bushes and waiting for and watching her past self escape for the tin shelter(?) where she is imprisoned.
  • The book had a bright rainbow coloured softcover.
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    The book 'Star, Bright(1952)' by Mark Clifton slightly matches your description but its 50 years back. You might want to check that out. link Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 16:35
  • The travellers in Star, Bright were very young children. Eventually Dad learns to follow them. No romance.
    – Oldcat
    Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 20:55

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Sounds similar to Strange Attractors, especially if it dealt with alternate dimensions and parallel time lines.


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