2013 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Grand Prize and Young Adult Fiction Winner.
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 her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future. Risking everything, she travels back in time to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the murder and the chain of events that follows.
Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost — if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does Kate have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?
©2013 Rysa Walker (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I'll admit, I didn't really have high expectations for this one. I hoped for a reasonably enjoyable read and not really much more. I was in for a very pleasant surprise. This story hooked me almost right from the start.
I think time-travel stories typically have elements that if thought about too hard, or considered too closely, logic problems can be found. In my opinion the trick for the author is to tell the story in such a way so that there are not only as few of these as possible, but so that those that remain don't stick out like sore thumbs. In this regard I think this story delivers admirably. If there were any logic issues I didn't want to look for them, I enjoyed being caught up in a very good story that was very well told. I quickly became a very willing and pleased participant in the suspension of disbelief.
The writing is masterful. Enough detail and description so that I felt immersed in the story, but not so much that it slowed the plot. Provided naturally and seamlessly within the telling of the story.
I found Kate to be a believable and likable teenager. Some of her choices are questionable as far as being sensible, but I thought were still genuine for her age.
I enjoyed how the story developed and how the time-travel elements were handled. I found the story unique and imaginative.
There is a bit of a not-really-but-sort-of love triangle, but it fit nicely within the plot.
There's action, danger, and enough playing with time to keep me guessing and twist my brain a bit, but not so much as to become hopelessly lost and confused. It's not easy to write a time-travel story this well, and I am highly impressed.
I listened to the audio version, and the narrator was excellent.
I'll definitely read the next in the series when it comes out.
Other reviewers have commented in more detail regarding the story, and I hate to give much away. So I will end here.
My advice to a reader: if this looks at all like your kind of story don't delay, read it!
Complex interwining of emotional as well as sci fi issues. Obviously, I love time travel, and this was done to the hilt.
Interesting aspect was everything. The bit I didn't like was the characters repeated stupid mistakes, and the complicated sci fi. Hats off to Rysa Walker for attempting it, but explaining time travel paradoxes and how they can get resolved was never going to be easy.
Kate Rudd is brilliant and has done some brilliant books. Check out her other work.Obviously, she does old and young characters (particularly female) quite well.
Death of a particular character.
Good book, although Rysa would do well to cut down on circular scenarios. Clearly, this book could have been shorter, crisper and be even more wonderful.
Book blogger at Bookwi.se
Timebound is about a 16 year old girl that discovers that her grandmother (whom her Mother does not get along with and whom Kate barely knows) is dying of cancer. Her Grandmother (Katherine) has moved to DC to be near Kate and wants Kate to move into her home part time so they can get to know one another. Kate will inherit the house and the entire estate when Katherine dies.
What Kate soon learns is that Katherine is a time traveling researcher from the future and was stranded here when her Grandfather rebelled from the time traveling project to try and take over history. Kate’s mother’s twin sister was believed to be killed in a car accident, but actually went over to her father’s side.
The complexity of variable timelines and how the loss of one time line means the loss of a set of relationships and people is handled very well. Time travel books always introduce the problem of changes to the timeline, but for a young adult book, this one is almost maddeningly comprehensive in how changes work and what is the result of those changes. (Not that it is drawn out in its descriptions, but that everything has a consequence.)
A significant part of the book deals with the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Rysa Walker has clearly read The Devil in the White City and leans on that book to help give background. I used to live in the neighborhood of where the Chicago World’s Fair was located, and I loved The Devil in the White City, so I enjoyed that part of the book particularly.
The book is clearly set up for a future series (which doesn’t seem to to be scheduled yet). If you are the type of person that does not like cliff-hangers, you may want to wait until another book or two in the series is out. But this is a well done young adult time travel novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
(originally posted on my blog, Bookwi.se)
(Couldn't resist that headline. Sorry.)
First, I enjoyed the book very much and was deeply invested in the characters.
I really don't like it when people try to pigeonhole a book for a certain age. I'm far past 13 and I liked every bit of it! Don't let age ranges for a book deter from reading a great story like this one.
The book handles time travel really well. It can be a very tricky proposition with all of its paradoxes. There is, incidentally, a paradoxes (pair of docs[es]) in the book. Nyuk, nyuk.
The reader has such a high-pitched voice that every man sounds like a 13 year old boy. It's my only beef with this otherwise great reader. She is really good at expressing the emotions of the characters, particularly a crying woman/girl.
Looking forward to a sequel.
Really fun read from a new author. I received the book for free as a Kindle First promotion which is part of the Prime membership benefits. I wasn't sure what to expect but was glad to see that there was also an Audible version available. I'm a huge fan of Whispersync and constantly go back and forth between the Audible and Kindle versions. Using the two formats, I started and finished the book in a single weekend and can't wait to read more from this author.
The history in the story is well researched, the time travel paradoxes are thoroughly thought out, and the characters are well developed. And who can go wrong with a book with Princess Bride references. ;)
Kate Rudd is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators. Check out her performances in the Muirwood series and The Summer Man for more good listens.
amongst the best. I really enjoyed this book.
Trey because he is very accepting of waht is happening around him. He allows himselft to be open enough to see the truth.
Kate. Though she did a fabulous job on all of the characters. keeping them seperate was easy. She did male and female voices with destinction.
I am sure I laughed from time to time. Cry... nah.
This book ended with a hook for more. If there are more I will read them. I write time travel based sci-fi myself and this author does a very good job keeping out of messy paradoxes.
Surprisingly, among one of my favorites. I got it, thinking it would just be a decent book, but wow, I was impressed.
This is my first time travel story book so I don't have anything to compare it with.
Love has no timeline
Great new fantasy with a twist! (Sorry that's more than 3 words...)
When Kate is interacting with an 8 year old Kiernan. Really sweet, charming, and not creepy at all. Great set up for their relationship. Very different.
No I haven't. But she did a great job.
Again, I have to say, when Kate is interacting with an 8 year old Kiernan. Just so endearing.
I usually don't like "sci-fi" I'm more of a paranormal fantasy girl. However I'm a sucker for time travel stories as long as there is romance and don't overwhelm me with futuristic robot over-kill. This is the perfect blend. Yeah, there is a lot of futuristic technology, but it is more fun. If this is Rysa Walker's first book, excellent job!
Easy reading, good story, very good scene setting, albeit a little unchallenging.
I warmed to the heroine in a teenagegirlie kind of way and was left a little annoyed that I'd have to read more in the series to feel satisfied. A publisher's dream I guess !!
Well done, especially if it's the first novel
Yes I am planning on listening to this book again. I listen to books on my long ride to work and home each day (1.5 hours). I could not wait to get back in my car to hear what would happen next. I was left wanting more. In fact when I am finished with this review I am going to see if there is a sequel.
This story was so detailed that I felt I was living the story. For a storyline that is so removed from true life I believed it.
Too many to capture in this review.
When Kate returned home to her grandmothers' house to find she was successful and her parents were in her timeline again.
The end really left me sad I want to know what is going to happen with Kate's new romance.
"Looking forward to the next installment"
I was impressed with the this book which I presume is a series of YA books about time travel. I found the main protagonist easy to relate to and a good role model for young women in terms of not only being able to take care of herself but also thoughtful and considerate of the consequences of her actions. There is of course the inevitable 'torn between two hot guys' scenario and a element of danger - but the time travel aspect and the idea of how different timelines are be real to different people is enough to make it special. The narrator is excellent even the Irish accent which, although not very Irish, is at least soft and consistent - often Irish accents by Americans are like nails down a chalk board to those who know what it is supposed to sound like.
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