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I'll admit, I didn't really have high expectations for this one. I hoped for a reasonably enjoyable read and not really much more. I was in for a very pleasant surprise. This story hooked me almost right from the start.
I think time-travel stories typically have elements that if thought about too hard, or considered too closely, logic problems can be found. In my opinion the trick for the author is to tell the story in such a way so that there are not only as few of these as possible, but so that those that remain don't stick out like sore thumbs. In this regard I think this story delivers admirably. If there were any logic issues I didn't want to look for them, I enjoyed being caught up in a very good story that was very well told. I quickly became a very willing and pleased participant in the suspension of disbelief.
The writing is masterful. Enough detail and description so that I felt immersed in the story, but not so much that it slowed the plot. Provided naturally and seamlessly within the telling of the story.
I found Kate to be a believable and likable teenager. Some of her choices are questionable as far as being sensible, but I thought were still genuine for her age.
I enjoyed how the story developed and how the time-travel elements were handled. I found the story unique and imaginative.
There is a bit of a not-really-but-sort-of love triangle, but it fit nicely within the plot.
There's action, danger, and enough playing with time to keep me guessing and twist my brain a bit, but not so much as to become hopelessly lost and confused. It's not easy to write a time-travel story this well, and I am highly impressed.
I listened to the audio version, and the narrator was excellent.
I'll definitely read the next in the series when it comes out.
Other reviewers have commented in more detail regarding the story, and I hate to give much away. So I will end here.
My advice to a reader: if this looks at all like your kind of story don't delay, read it!
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Timebound is about a 16 year old girl that discovers that her grandmother (whom her Mother does not get along with and whom Kate barely knows) is dying of cancer. Her Grandmother (Katherine) has moved to DC to be near Kate and wants Kate to move into her home part time so they can get to know one another. Kate will inherit the house and the entire estate when Katherine dies.
What Kate soon learns is that Katherine is a time traveling researcher from the future and was stranded here when her Grandfather rebelled from the time traveling project to try and take over history. Kate’s mother’s twin sister was believed to be killed in a car accident, but actually went over to her father’s side.
The complexity of variable timelines and how the loss of one time line means the loss of a set of relationships and people is handled very well. Time travel books always introduce the problem of changes to the timeline, but for a young adult book, this one is almost maddeningly comprehensive in how changes work and what is the result of those changes. (Not that it is drawn out in its descriptions, but that everything has a consequence.)
A significant part of the book deals with the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Rysa Walker has clearly read The Devil in the White City and leans on that book to help give background. I used to live in the neighborhood of where the Chicago World’s Fair was located, and I loved The Devil in the White City, so I enjoyed that part of the book particularly.
The book is clearly set up for a future series (which doesn’t seem to to be scheduled yet). If you are the type of person that does not like cliff-hangers, you may want to wait until another book or two in the series is out. But this is a well done young adult time travel novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
(originally posted on my blog, Bookwi.se)
32 of 33 people found this review helpful
I was impressed with the this book which I presume is a series of YA books about time travel. I found the main protagonist easy to relate to and a good role model for young women in terms of not only being able to take care of herself but also thoughtful and considerate of the consequences of her actions. There is of course the inevitable 'torn between two hot guys' scenario and a element of danger - but the time travel aspect and the idea of how different timelines are be real to different people is enough to make it special. The narrator is excellent even the Irish accent which, although not very Irish, is at least soft and consistent - often Irish accents by Americans are like nails down a chalk board to those who know what it is supposed to sound like.
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The story was great. It might just be me but the narrator's voice was quite distracting at first as it sounds a bit robotic in the way her speech patterns go. As a Brit I found it odd. You get used to it though and she is good at doing different voices for the different characters (although some Irish may be a little offended by her attempt at an Irish accent!!)