author : andy gavin (also wrote The Darkening Dream)
pages : [paperback] 325
favorite characters: yvaine & charlie
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!
I loved this book so much! Just like with The Darkening Dream, Andy Gavin shows that with his novels you need to expect the unexpected. Whatever ideas I had from reading the summary were played upon and enhanced to the point where I could no longer guess what might end up happening next! I loved that feeling combined with the suspense brought about with this action-packed plot!
Charlie and Yvaine are wonderful leading characters. They each have their flaws but that’s part of what makes them so interesting. I love how mature they can be while remaining teenagers. Charlie literally has a mother who can hardly remember he exists while Yvaine has a baby she needs to look after. Charlie can be naive and I love how Yvaine teases him about it; the dynamic between the characters is as gripping and well-executed as the plot.
If something has time travel in it, I’m probably going to look into it, though lately I’ve been disappointed to see a distinct lack of well written, interesting, original time travel novels. Thankfully Untimed is nothing like I’ve ever read before. The characters are distinct and fun and they stuck with me even after I finished the book. I can’t help but look forward to seeing more of them in their adventures!
I’d recommend Untimed to anyone looking for a good book to read! I think that most readers can find some element they’ll love in this novel. Time travel, mystery, suspense, romance, witty line and funny scenes . . Pick up Untimed and tell me what you think of it!