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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (1 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477848150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477848159
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rysa Walker grew up on a cattle ranch in the South. Her options for entertainment were talking to cows and reading books. On the rare occasion that she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stoplight. These days, when not writing, she teaches history and government in North Carolina, where she shares an office with her husband and a golden retriever named Lucy. She enjoys yoga, über-dark chocolate, Galaga, and Scrabble. She still doesn't get control of the TV very often, thanks to her sports-obsessed kids. Timebound is her debut novel.

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Time travel fascinates me and this is an interesting perspective. The timelines are well managed and explained and whilst the story is interesting it just unfolds rather than grabbing hold of your total interest. Would I read part two? Yes I probably would to find out where the writer is taking the story, but perhaps this book's end lacks the normal end of a book that seems destined to lead to a part two. A really strong link to hold onto and desire to find out what happens next.
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I adore time travel stories, always have ever since I first saw The Time Machine (the original, of course) about 50 years ago and was totally mesmerised when the little model version he builds first is set going and disappears from the table top, travelling off in time for ever. I thought deeply about that for weeks afterwards, wondering what would happen to it.

The way that time travel is implemented in this story is actually pretty complex, with the travellers not only frequently encountering other versions of themselves but actively exploiting this paradoxical feature, and yet it is handled really cleverly and you never end up scratching your head trying to grasp what is happening. Having seen that this won a Young Adult Fiction prize I'm not entirely sure that I'm the target audience the author had in mind (as you can tell from the fact I watched The Time Machine nearly 50 years ago) but it really is very good and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and as I write this review I am already well in to the sequel.
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There's not much I can add to what other reviewers have already written, but I'll try…

This is one of very few books where I've found myself buying the book within a few pages of starting to read the free sample.

I found it to be intelligently written, extremely enjoyable, and well-paced. Probably the best time travel novel I've ever read. It really was almost unputdownable, but the plot jumps around so much in time and altered timelines that I had to give my brain a rest to assimilate what I'd read. I was even dreaming of similar scenarios whilst sleeping and spotting plot holes, only to discover that the author gets around to filling them in as the story develops.

Book two continues immediately where book one ends and is even better. I've also just bought the novella which claims to address some of the unanswered questions about the background of the two main characters in an alternate timeline, but have yet to start reading it, and have already pre-ordered part three for which I'll have to wait until October.

The British BBC tv show about a time traveller, Doctor Who, really NEEDS a writer like Rysa Walker to explore the true potential of the whole premise of the show in a way which the current main writers fail to achieve due to their very linear view of time.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this. This is time travel sci-fi with a difference. Without giving anything away the usual premise of time travel is not entertained in this book. There are restrictions on what can be done and reasons for such explained. The consequences mean that the characters cannot just do what they want in the time travel sense. This makes for some thought provoking situations and conundrums for the characters. Plot is well laid out and has clearly had a lot of thought put into it. A book which centres around its character development and plot rather than action and continual jumping from one event to another. That said, plenty goes on. And when action does happen it's not easy to predict. The book is written first person and the centric character is Kate, a 16year old female. I am a 34 year old male, yet I found Kate easy to relate to thanks to her articulate and intelligent thought patterns. Often books centred around teens are easy to lose interest in unless you are a teen. As an adult with life experience it's easy to get frustrated with the mind of a teen character. But Rysa Walker pulls it off perfectly. You remember both how it felt to be that age yet at the same time understanding and even agreeing with the decisions Kate makes. But at the same time you don't forget that she is a kid. She's just a kid you come to respect. I have since read the second book and the novella based around another character in the story.

Thrilling, exciting, thought provoking, intelligent and all without resorting to a cliche battle of explosions, guns and violence.
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I don't ordinarily gravitate towards time travel fantasies as I find there are too many opportunities for plot holes, which can really ruin the experience of reading a book. I bought Timebound on a Kindle recommendation and I was pleasantly surprised: it is something of an exception. Rysa Walker has written this novel very cleverly, so that the reader doesn't feel like any inconsistencies have to be ignored to enjoy the plot.

The storyline was more complex than I was expecting: Walker is not simply occupied with the novelty of time travel and weaves in an interesting subplot about a cult-like religion and this certainly made Timebound a more compelling read.

This is an enjoyable YA fantasy that, stylistically, reminds me more of Meg Cabot than Cassandra Clare (for readers looking for a reference point).
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