Timebound (The Chronos Files) Paperback – 1 Jan 2014
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Thrilling, exciting, thought provoking, intelligent and all without resorting to a cliche battle of explosions, guns and violence.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a fun read, and the time travel was well done. However I could really do without the forced romance.Published 20 days ago by D. Fuller
Rysa weaves a compelling plot with numerous tension points that keep you guessing as to what comes next. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Havelock Vetinari
Although clearly aimed at the YA audience, I - as a world weary 44 year old - thought this book was great! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book and didn't want to put it down. Would recommend it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the story. Sort of similar to some other plots I've read, but she has her own spin on it. It's well written, easy to listen to and read well, although at times the narrator is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tracey
I found the book a well written and well thought out time travel book, the thing I found that there were to meny twists and turns kept losing my way in the story if if wasn't for... Read morePublished 2 months ago by graham c
I just love books and films about Time Travel and this book lived up to my expectations. Half way through this book I ordered book 2 and 3. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RoisinDubh
A nicely written book with an intricately tied plot line, definitely worth a read !Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer