Charlie’s own mother can’t remember his name. His father is gone for months at a time. Pretty much, he should just be invisible. While on a field trip in Philadelphia, a mysterious clockwork man attempts to kill Charlie. They tumble through a hole that drops them into 18th century London. That’s when things really get interesting. Charlie meets up with Ben Franklin and a girl named Yvaine, who is another time traveler. When they accidentally alter history–allowing Franklin to be killed–Charlie and Yvaine hope to travel through time to fix it. The mysterious clockwork man, however, is determined not to let that happen.
While time travel adventure stories aren’t my normal read, I’m glad I took a chance on Untimed by Andy Gavin. This fast-paced young adult novel is a thrill ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Once I started reading, I never wanted to stop. Gavin knows how to create an engaging novel that draws the reader in with rich details and superb storytelling. He ramps up the tension and places obstacles in the way at every turn. Just when Charlie and Yvaine think they have it all figured out, a new problem arises. Well-developed, likable characters fill the pages of this creative novel.
The one area I felt disappointed by was the physical nature of Yvaine’s and Charlie’s relationship. Considering that Charlie is in ninth grade and just about to celebrate a birthday at the beginning of the book, that would make him thirteen going on fourteen. While Charlie and Yvaine’s romance is only a small part of the book, I was uncomfortable with some of their actions, especially considering Charlie’s age. When I originally requested this book for review, I thought it might be something that would interest the Lil’ Diva (11). I’m glad I read it first because the sexual nature of the romance in this novel makes it inappropriate for her.
Untimed by Andy Gavin is a gripping story with tons of action. Lovers of science-fiction, time travel stories, and adventure will enjoy this one.
Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Prices/Formats: $5.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $24.00 hardcover
Publisher: Mascherato Publishing
ISBN: 9781937945053 ebook, 9781937945046 paperback, 9781937945039 hardcover
Release: December 19, 2012
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I received a free paperback copy of this book from the author through Tribute Books Book Tours. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.
Cheryl, I’m glad Andy’s story was a page turner for you. Thanks for the review! And I hope you feel better 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed Untimed. For what it’s worth, Charlie is actually a Sophomore and 15 going on 16. He has 16 candles on his birthday cupcake — which I admit is perhaps a tad subtle 🙂
Thanks for the comments. And thanks for the clarification Andy. My copy said he was in 9th grade, so that makes him a Freshman. I had to look it up because I hate to be too picky in a review. Of course, I am a mom of two girls. That might have something to do with it, too. 🙂