Thursday, February 28, 2013

Untimed (Review)

By: Andy Gavin

 *Hello and welcome to my stop on the Untimed book tour! Underneath you will find my review and the author Andy Gavin's Bio!*

*Presented by: I.O. Book Tours*

Release Date: December 17th, 2012
Genre(s): YA Science Fiction/Steampunk

My Review: (4.5/5 stars*)
Untimed is extremely and wildly different from anything I've ever read. That being said I absolutely enjoyed it for its purely imaginative creativeness. The concept isn't anything new but it is well orchestratedreading about time travel never felt more fun! Everything about this book is unexpected, strange, and completely fascinating. Although the demographic is for young adults I can most certainly guarantee it isn't for anyone under the ages of 16. It has quite a bit of explicit language, some violence, and sexual content. Anyone who loves history and steampunk will love this interwoven action-packed novel!

Charlie's been overlooked most of his life
nearly invisiblebut that all changes when he goes on a school trip. It all starts when he gets attacked by a strange man and he follows him down a hole that opens up in the ground. From modern day Philadelphia he finds himself stranded in Londonthe year1725. Clueless as to the events and the situation he finds himself in he fatefully meets a girl who can also time travel. Always being invisible to everyone around him he finds solace with Yvaine and she even remembers his namethat's more than he can say about anyone else he's ever encountered in life. But as Charlie starts finding answers he also is left with even more questions. Together these two time travelers go on an unforgettably dangerous adventure that could change the world. Time's a fickle thing when you can potentially change it for better or for worse. Especially when the clock is ticking and there's machine-like people after you.This steampunk historical takes you through time on an action-filled adventure full of many twists and turns. 

Having read one other book of Andy Gavin's it's clear he has exceptional writing skills. Untimed is excellently researched, with realistic characters, and a highly entertaining plot. I really liked the history that's intertwined and the inventive story that's presented. Every other chapter includes beautiful illustrations that further enhances your reading visuals. Although reminiscent of middle-grade format its writing is for more mature readers. The main characters are well developed Yvaine is my favorite tough, wise, and not one to hold back on speaking her mind. I also really liked Charlie who learns quickly how to adapt to different circumstances, and his clever resourcefulness. Untimed ends with most of its loose ends tied but leaves the story open for more books to follow it. Overall Untimed is greatly enjoyable and most engrossingI look forward to the next book Andy Gavin will write!


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!


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 including The Darkening Dream, a dark historical fantasy that puts the bite back in vampires.

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