Thursday, January 9, 2014

Book Review: Timebound by Rysa Walker

Timebound (The Chronos Files #1)
Author:  Rysa Walker
Publisher:  Skyscape, 366 pages
Publication Date:  January 1, 2014

From Goodreads:
When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.

Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and Kate’s genetic ability to time-travel makes her the only one who can stop him. Risking everything, she travels to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the killing and the chain of events that follows.

Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost, however—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does she have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?


Review:
I loved this book...time travel done right.  I loved the discussion and attention given to what is right and wrong with the power to time travel.  What should you change? What are the ripple effects of even small changes?  There's two guys, but not in the traditional sense.  One of them (Kiernan) has feelings for her but Kate doesn't even know him because somewhere along the way, the timeline changed and so they never met (and there's an explanation for why he remembers and she doesn't).  And then Kate has to go back in time to undo something horrible that happened at the Chicago World's Fair and if she succeeds the other guy (Trey) won't remember her at all.  Even though her relationship with Trey was fast (a little insta-love here) and he went along with all of the time travel stuff too easily, I didn't mind it and I actually ended up feeling heartbroken at the possibility that he wouldn't remember (and I loved the way that played out, by the way).  The author did a great job incorporating the history of the World Fair and true events that happened.  And the villains in the novel are fascinating along with the changes they made in the past that have such huge ramifications in the present.  Amazing...I can't wait for the next book in this series.  I definitely recommend this one.


Posted by:  Pam

11 comments:

  1. That cover is pretty awesome and I do enjoy time travel as well. I'm glad to hear you liked this one!

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    1. I love time travel books, I read as many as I can. ~Pam

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  2. I haven't heard or seen this book before, but it sounds really great. I may have to look into reading this one myself.

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    1. I got it from Kindle First for free, which was nice! ~Pam

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  3. I didn't request this one because I just didn't know how it would turn out. Now that I've read your review I'll definitely be reading it!!! I hate it when nothing is explained in a novel and no reasons are given as to why certain things happen or are one way forcing the reader to blindly accept everything. It sounds like this one didn't do that, so already that is a plus on my list. Thanks!

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    1. There's definitely explanations given and it all made sense to me. I wish I didn't have to wait so long for the next one! ~Pam

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  4. Oooh I have only just started seeing this book around but haven't heard much about it. I love time travel and this one sounds really good!!! Glad you enjoyed it. I will definitely be adding it to the TBR. Great review!

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    1. So many good books! I think you'll like this one, I thought it was so good. ~Pam

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  5. Great review! I have not gotten my fill of time travel books and with such high praise, this is definitely going on the TBR!

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    1. I love time travel books, I cannot get enough of them. The whole ripple effect of changes is fascinating to me and just the small choices you make having such a huge impact...I love that. ~Pam

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