Monday, February 18, 2013

Untimed Book Review

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Untimed is an action-packed time travel novel by Andy Gavin, author of The Darkening Dream and creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.

Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices.  Hell, even his own mother can’t remember
his name. And girls? The invisible man gets more dates.

As if that weren’t enough, when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously.

Still, this isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s this girl, another time traveler, who not only remembers his name, but might even like him! Unfortunately, Yvaine carries more than her share of baggage: like a baby boy and at least two ex-boyfriends! One’s famous, the other’s murderous, and Charlie doesn’t know who the bigger problem is.

When one kills the other — and the other is nineteen year-old Ben Franklin — things get really crazy. Can their relationship survive? Can the future? Charlie and Yvaine are time travelers, they can fix this — theoretically — but the rules are complicated and the stakes are history as we know it.

And there's one more wrinkle: he can only travel into the past, and she can only travel into the future!

A lavish production with a cover by acclaimed fantasy artist Cliff Nielsen and twenty one full page interior illustrations by Dave Phillips.


I love young adult novels, especially fantasy and science fiction, thanks to my son.  So, I was pretty excited that I got to do a book review for Untimed.  It did not disappoint.  I absolutely loved Untimed.  It grabbed my attention from the beginning, and I couldn't put it down.

I loved that it had quite a bit of history in the book.  I didn't check it for accuracy but I assume that it is pretty accurate.  This one involved Ben Franklin.  With all of the time traveling, there are endless possibilities for future books.  I can't wait to read any sequels in the works.

I also love the premise that if you change one thing in the past, that it can have huge implications.  People always ask others if they could change anything in their past, would they.  My response has always been, "NO!"  There are plenty of things that happened in my life that were hard to go through, but if I changed anything I might not be married to my husband or have my children.

When Charlie and Yvaine inadvertently change things in history, they don't understand the huge implications of their actions.  They eventually realize that trying to correct history is harder that they think, also.

The book is great for getting you to learn and think.  It is perfect for young adults.  It will teach them history, while exploring the what ifs.  It is has a little bit of everything, including romance.

With that being said, this is not a book for children due to some adult situations.  I know kids think it isn't a big deal and are exposed to many situations pretty early, and maybe I am a prude but I probably wouldn't let anyone younger than 16 read this book.

I would say that this might be the perfect book for reluctant readers.  I know that many of the kids (high school) that I used to teach would have loved this book.  It has someone their own age that they can identify with.  It is so easy to imagine everything in this book.  Andy Gavin gives vivid details.  It is one of those books where you can see the movie in your head.  It made me dream about everything that happened in the book.

I love when I become so involved in a book that I live and breathe it.  I dream about it, and it consumes me.  One where I can't wait to see what happens next.  Untimed did all of this for me.  It will leave you waiting for the next book, like some of those other great book series.

I can't wait to see what my son thinks of this book.  If you love young adult fiction, you will love this one.  Go get your own copy of Untimed.  Let me know what you think after you read the book.

About Andy Gavin

Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash
and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million
units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media
obsessively, travels, and of course, writes.

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1 comment:

  1. The book cover absolutely draws you in to read it and it's so worth it !!