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Genre – YA / Time Travel & Romance
Rating – PG
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, his own mother can’t remember his name. So 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. Who needs school when you can learn about history first hand, like from Ben Franklin himself. And there’s this girl… Yvaine… another time traveler. All good. Except for the rules: boys only travel into the past and girls only into the future. And the baggage: Yvaine’s got a baby boy and more than her share of ex-boyfriends. Still, even if they screw up history — like accidentally let the founding father be killed — they can just time travel and fix it, right? But the future they return to is nothing like Charlie remembers. To set things right, he and his scrappy new girlfriend will have to race across the centuries, battling murderous machines from the future, jealous lovers, reluctant parents, and time itself.
This was a fun, action-packed, imaginative book that I really enjoyed reading. I was immediately intrigued by the idea of Charlie being so very forgettable. I loved that whole premise, and the explanation for that mantle of near invisibility seemed quite logical as the reason for it was revealed. I got lost a few times in the time folds, but was just mesmerized by the whole “cooldown” thing, and the ideas put forth as an alternate timeline – so very original and interesting!
This book is suitable for all ages, mid-teen through seniors, tweaking a fanciful “Back to the future” concept while adding a delightfully wicked twist with the Ticktocks.
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.
Naughty Dog and co-created Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. He started numerous companies, has been lead programmer on video games that have sold more than forty million copies, and has written two novels.
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