I am so excited and so happy to bring you another amazing book by Andy Gavin, Untimed.
When I read his first book, The Darkening Dream, I knew he was going to become my favorite author because I just loved his writing so much. Now, with Untimed, I am not disapointed. If I didn't love his writing before I do now because Untimed has quickly become another favorite book of mine.
Now here it is ... Untimed! Don't forget there is also a giveaway going on at the bottom of this post so enter before it ends.
About the Book
by Andy Gavin
Release date: December 17th 2012
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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 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!
Untimed is another fantastic book by Andy Gavin. It takes you on a thrill ride through history and back again fighting tick-tocks and even falling in love. What is bad is that I don't know what else can be said about this book that hasn't already been said. It turned out to be a book that I couldn't wait to find time in my day so I could read a little more and get a little more information about what was going on.
The book itself is about a boy named Charlie who no one ever seems to remember, not even his own mother. His life changes when he is on a field trip and meets face to face with a tick-tock. What is a tick-tock, you ask? Well, it is a mechanical robot person. Everyone else sees this tick-tock as a normal person, or so I imagine, while time travelers see them as what they really are. Tick-tocks are from the future and kill time travelers. Anyway, so the boy comes face to face with a tick-tock and wanting to find his father ends up following this thing into a time portal into 1700's London. He doesn't find his father here but he does end up finding a girl (Yvaine) who is like he is and she explains to him that boys travel backwards in time while girls travel forwards in time. Well, with him being a boy he is kind of stuck and the fact that this girl has a baby makes it seems like he is really stuck in the past. It wouldn't be so bad if she didn't already have two boyfriends and Charlie would like it if he was her only boyfriend. There is also plenty of danger in this book with Charlie and Yvaine's constant fight for survival. The butterfly effect is used beautifully as well as it shows everything that Charlie and Yvaine do in the past ultimately changes things in the future.
I have to point out that whether you get the eBook version or the physical copy version they all have wonderful illustrations, which I loved! It adds so much more to the story when there are a few illustrations throughout the book and it immerses you into the book that much more. There are also a few situations that might not be suited for everyone, however nothing is described in detail and it’s honestly milder than some of the things shown on television.
I love how Andy describes the characters and the surrounds. He paints the images in your mind of exactly what it should look, sound and sometimes to my dismay the way it should smell. The characters develop and change at the right pace and everything stays tied together which is often hard to do as the characters change but Andy did it fantastically.
All in all, this book has become another favorite of mine. While Untimed can be complex it is genuinely entertaining up until the very last page. In addition, I heard from a little birdie that Mr. Gavin is adapting Untimed for perhaps a movie. I know I have my fingers crossed because this would be an amazing movie and one I would actually pay to go see.
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my personal and honest review. I was not compensated in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.
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