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Timebound [Kindle in Motion] (The Chronos Files Book 1) Kindle Edition
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An Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winner—Grand Prize and Young Adult Fiction.
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 her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future. Risking everything, she travels back in time to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the murder and the chain of events that follows.
Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does Kate have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?
Publisher’s Note: Timebound was originally released as Time’s Twisted Arrow.
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- ASIN : B00CQC9O16
- Publisher : Skyscape (January 1, 2014)
- Publication date : January 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 388110 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Print length : 376 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #34,506 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I think it could be enjoyed by many persons from a clever 7 to 107. Just maybe not all the different parts equally.
So, to avoid spoilers, because even a little could spoil :
Five (5) stars. The Time Travel Mechanics. If it were bread, the flour would come from Anderson and Stross. The yeast from Bester. The seeds on top, the kneading and baking from Mrs Walker. Very tasty.
Five (5) stars. The made up religion. Nasty (but true) bits and pieces from most major religions, and some of their offshots, in a well mixed salad, with good seasoning.
Four (4) stars. The Heroine (17, remember), intelligent, but a bit naïve. Too trusting. Now and again hormone driven (yes, of course). At times emptyheaded (ditto). But sooo much better than Mr Stross's heroine, who is older, educated, etc, but too often a complete ninny. There is teenage romance, very modern, supermoralistic USA style. Try to control your gag reflex. The other characters could take some fleshing out. A side dish.
Four and a half (4.5) stars. Plot. Again Mr Anderson, but also Mr Fritz Leiber (Big Time). Now, Mr Leiber doesn't really take sides. Possibly I am influenced by that, but... I am not sure that this is simply black and white. Well done, Mrs Walker! I see a possibility of more than 2 sides too. At least in the future. Half a star subtracted, because I just can't understand why "The villan" would want to eliminate "x". Doesn't make sense. But otherwise... As complicated as only time travel can get. A worthy main course.
For desert? Not nescessary, there are enough sugary confections consumed by the cast...
Timebound is a fascinating story with, as you might guess, time travel as its basis. The main protagonist is young Kate, who learns from her grandmother (also Kate or Katherine) that she has the ability to control/manipulate the "Chronos Key," which allows her to travel through time.
Teenaged Kate has felt some time shifts, recently, but believed them to be panic attacks. What was really happening, though, is that her grandfather was working some evil plan to change the time line altogether, which is a violation of the Chronos policies. They intend time travel to be used solely for observation. He believes that it should be used to change things for the "better." The problem is, who gets to decide what is better?
A major portion of this story revolves around the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, which I am already familiar with, having read Erik Larson's great book, Devil in White City, a non-fiction account of the fair and the serial killer running amok during the fair. I was happy to see that Ms. Walker gave a shout out to Larson's book in her acknowledgments.
There are plenty of scenes that made my head hurt (not literally) because of obvious issues that time travel would cause, especially making short jumps around current times. At one point, during the Fair, there would have been two of Kate's grandmother present at the same time. They had to be very careful not to run into each other. Don't think about that too hard. As I said, it will make your head hurt.
I won't provide spoilers, as I try to always keep from that. But the main plot of this story revolves around efforts to restore the time line after Kate's grandfather manages to kill her grandmother, which makes her parents "disappear." Her dad did not actually disappear, but he did not know who she was, as she was not actually her dad in the new time line. Her mother, however, never existed in that time line, because Saul (her grandfather) killed her grandmother before her mother was even born.
The only reason teenaged Kate managed to continue to exist was that she was under the protection of the Chronos key she was carrying at the time of the time shift.
That's probably enough explanation. Now I need to get my hands on the second volume of this story.
The story is about a young girl named Kate, who discovers her familial connections with real historians who can jump back and forth in time to record and analyze events. The focus of this plot was the 1893 world's fair in Chicago complete with Mayor Carter Harrison Sr.'s assassination and a notorious serial killer who was famed during that era. The backstory of time traveling however was the main centerpiece where Kate was tasked to going back in time to save her family and their existence. It was the perfect combination of adventure and connections with few touches of romance.
I will say that the slight pitfall at least for me as a reader and aspiring writer was the rhetoric and different phrases that the author used with Kate's language in the book. Kate is supposed to be a teenager, one who is also just handling the shock of this whole other world she is involved in, and some phrases were clearly not how a teenager would express themselves. For example a 16 year old would never in a million years say, "bloody awful horrid rotten shoes," which honestly sounds like some old grandma from England, or call a band aid an "adhesive bandage." Just things like that threw me off.
Overall however, even with my busy season it was a fun and quick read. Plus it fed my sci-fi and historical novel fix. So I leave you with this quote that I appreciate very much from the novel: "History is sacred - like a nature hike. 'Leave only footprints, take only memories." Thanks Rysa Walker for the great read!
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The way that time travel is implemented in this story is actually pretty complex, with the travellers not only frequently encountering other versions of themselves but actively exploiting this paradoxical feature, and yet it is handled really cleverly and you never end up scratching your head trying to grasp what is happening. Having seen that this won a Young Adult Fiction prize I'm not entirely sure that I'm the target audience the author had in mind (as you can tell from the fact I watched The Time Machine nearly 50 years ago) but it really is very good and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and as I write this review I am already well in to the sequel.
My 70+ mind reaches back to my youthful past and is never quite sure what is fact and what is fiction, but this fantasy soars way beyond those realms and transports the reader to a whole new way of being. It is full of action, adventure, happiness, sorrow, comfort, hardship, and, just about every emotion imaginable.
My tired eyes often cause me to listen to audiobooks, but the best of reading is that your mind visualises the author’s words, not the narrator’s concept.
This is definitely a book for reading - and for anyone with time to come back to in small bursts or read in a marathon chunk.
I will watch for more of this author.
The storyline was more complex than I was expecting: Walker is not simply occupied with the novelty of time travel and weaves in an interesting subplot about a cult-like religion and this certainly made Timebound a more compelling read.
This is an enjoyable YA fantasy that, stylistically, reminds me more of Meg Cabot than Cassandra Clare (for readers looking for a reference point).