Time Jump is an exciting look at time travel. It starts in the not too terribly distant future, giving me a look at changes ranging from technology to societal norms, just barely acquainting them with the "present" before I realize that Mason and Jacob are about to be sent back in time. The parameters of the project are clear, but some details are sketchy, and then what do you know, things do NOT go as planned.
The settings were well laid out, and the writing was very clear with the exception of a couple of small points (here is where I took off half a star) where the narrative jumps to first person, with not a lot of explanation as to why, or much connection to the plot at hand. Each time, I went back a page or so to make sure I didn't skip something. It doesn't seem like I did. I could have lived with the perspective change if those first person narratives were a bit more regular and explanatory, maybe written in italics or something to make it clear that it's thought or a dream. I still am not sure as to what the author was intending in those spots.
Aside from the small bits of confusion, the plot was excellent, the main characters were well developed, humor and levity shared the pages well, and there were enough twists in the story to keep me from figuring out what was going on overall for quite a while. It's possible that I will find in the next book that my hunches are completely off, but that's half the fun, isn't it? There's enough adventure to keep it thrilling, but not so much that one thinks that Mason and Jacob and Hector are indestructable.
I look forward to seeing what's in store for our heroes in the next installment of Halcyon Gate. Will they defeat the Elders? Will they prevent an all-out war? Get back to their own time? With such a strong first installment, I anticipate a robust story arc for the whole series.
Katherine X, Kindle Book Review.