Monday, March 18, 2013

Untimed - Andy Gavin Book Review and Giveaway

Publisher: Mascherato
Pages: 325
Source:  I received a review copy in exchange for my honest review
Genre:  Young Adult, Science Fiction

Book Summary:
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 t1725 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 is the bigger problem.

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!

My Thoughts:
First I need to say that I am a real fan of time travel books.  I’ve not read one in a long time.  This was an awesome book with great characters.  You meet Charlie who is ignored by everyone but his aunt and father.  No one else seems to see him or remember his name.  One problem here is that he only sees his aunt and uncle a couple of times a year because they are also time travelers.  He sees a “tick-tock”and follows him into a hole that sends him into 1725 London.  This is where we meet the next major character, Yvaine.  She is a street smart girl with a baby.  She is also a time traveler.  She explains to Charlie that boys can only travel into the past and girls can only travel into the future.  Together, as they try to avoid being killed, they begin a relationship and learn the consequences of creating timequakes. 

I could tell you so much more but that would just spoil it for you.  What’s that you say?  You don’t understand what a “tick-tock” is and what a timequake is?  You’ll have to read the book to find out.  This book has something for everyone.  It is a combination of Science Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Adventure all rolled into one.
Warning! This book is definitely not for my middle school students.  I am glad I read it first.  There is violence, language and sexual content that make me say it would be best  suited for someone who is age 15/16 or above.  The illustrations are wonderful.  This is just the first book in the series.  It will be difficult to wait for the next one, but wait I will.

Want to Know more?  Here is a link to excerpts from the book

Author Bio:
Andy Gavin is a serial creative, polymath, novelist, entrepreneur, computer programmer, author, foodie, and video game creator. He co-founded video game developer 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.

His first book, The Darkening Dream, has been well-received by fans and critics alike. Publisher’s Weekly called it “gorgeously creepy, strangely humorous, and sincerely terrifying.” Untimed is an even more ambitious follow-up. It is a lavish production with a cover by acclaimed fantasy artist Cliff Nielsen and twenty-one full  page interior illustrations by Dave Phillips.

So where else can you find Andy?
His Website                     Twitter
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His Blog                          Wikipedia

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1 comment:

  1. Sandra, I'm so glad that as a fan of time travel adventures you really enjoyed Andy's book. Thanks for the review :)