Untimed is an action-packed time travel novel by Andy Gavin, author of The Darkening Dream and creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, his own mother can’t remember his name. So 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. Who needs school when you can learn about history first hand, like from Ben Franklin himself. And there’s this girl… Yvaine… another time traveler. All good. Except for the rules: boys only travel into the past and girls only into the future. And the baggage: Yvaine’s got a baby boy and more than her share of ex-boyfriends. Still, even if they screw up history — like accidentally let the founding father be killed — they can just time travel and fix it, right? But the future they return to is nothing like Charlie remembers. To set things right, he and his scrappy new girlfriend will have to race across the centuries, battling murderous machines from the future, jealous lovers, reluctant parents, and time itself.
3 Stars – I had high hopes for this book, and the first few chapters did not disappoint. The writing was solid and the story line adventurous and interesting. Then it took a turn for the worse. The liberal application of curse words and the addition of unnecessary sex scenes did nothing to flesh out the characters or add to the plot. Instead, it took this potentially educational middle-grade/YA read and muddled it into a New Adult novel which, in my opinion, would not draw on the interests of that particular reader group. It narrowed the audience in such a fashion as to make it out of sync with most readers, and this was an unfortunate disservice to the book. However, if you’re an adult, and like your sci-fi with a fantasy edge, more Torchwood than Doctor Who, this book might be a good choice.
About the Author:
Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes.
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