A Reader Opines: Timebound by Rysa Walker

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Timebound by Rysa Walker
Published: January 1st 2014 by Skyscape (first published September 15th 2012)
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction
Series: The Chronos Files, Book 1
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Science fiction isn’t a genre I gravitate toward unless there is also elements of Fantasy. However, I love the idea of time-travel which made Timebound irresistible.

Blurb taken from Goodreads:
When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.

Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and Kate’s genetic ability to time-travel makes her the only one who can stop him. Risking everything, she travels to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the killing and the chain of events that follows.

Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost, however—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does she have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?

Rysa Walker is a talented writer. She’s created a mind-boggling story and peppered it with decision points that intensify the journey. These decision points aren’t your normal everyday choices that lead the characters to new understanding and growth. No. These choices could change the whole fabric of time and space. Just thinking about it makes me want to channel Doctor Who and talk about “Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey…Stuff.”

I had no problem with the story or plot, but the characters never really moved me. Kate starts out as a normal teenage girl and her decisions as such were a bit tedious for me. By the last third of the book she’s grown a great deal and left the tediousness behind, but I never really developed any sympathy for her.

There weren’t enough revelations about the other characters to get a good feel for them either. In truth, it felt like I made an incredible journey with strangers. Except for the character of Kiernan. He’s an enigma and I want to know more about him. I wish there had been more of him and less of Trey.

Overall, I liked this book. It wasn’t one that I got lost in, nor did I think much about it when it wasn’t in my hands. It has just enough intrigue to make me want to read the next in the series (mainly because I hope to find out more about Kiernan). I think history and sic-fi buffs will like it especially if they enjoy the young adult genre.

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