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Timebound (The Chronos Files, book 1)

by Rysa Walker

Rated: Mild

Sixteen-year-old Kate has been used to switching between her divorced parents and even moving around and going to different schools. When her grandmother, who has been living in Europe for a long while, appears for a visit, saying that she has cancer and has just bought a house near her school, Kate has a few adjustments to make. But the big shocker is the information her grandmother, Katherine, tells her: Katherine was really born in the future and time-traveled into the past as part of her historical research. And Kate has the ability to time-travel as well.

She’d be happy to write it off as nonsense until her never-in-the-picture grandfather meddles more with the past and parts of Kate’s reality are altered. As her parents disappear from this “new present,” Kate knows she must take any risks she’ll have to take and travel to the past, where she may be able to start making some fixes. As she lives with her grandmother and tries to learn very quickly all she’ll need to know to make the trip to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, she meets a young man who believes her crazy story and supports her. Unfortunately, going back to “save” her parents also means Trey will forget her and all their happy time together. Add in the twist that in some other timeline she was in love with a young man named Kiernan, and Kate’s life has become pretty complicated.

I enjoyed this book, enough that I’m going to read the next two books in the series. I was impressed that Walker was able to craft a believable book about time travel and what could happen when timelines are tampered with. The plot was pretty well constructed, and I cared about the characters. I did, however, think the love angle between Kate and Trey was a bit forced, and I didn’t really care about whether they “got back together” after her leap to change the past at the end. The way Kiernan’s small parts were written in, it was much more compelling to think that he and Kate were going to end up together, which may be the author’s intent, that those two will end up together by the end of the series, but the “triangle” or “choice between the two guys” thing isn’t working perfectly. All in all, though, an entertaining book.

Rated: Mild, for some mild and moderate language, some violence and peril, and some kissing scenes. One scene of kissing between Kate and Trey goes on enough that the characters indicate they would like to have sex, but the only thing that really stops them is that they know that at least Trey will “forget” it.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for about 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

2 Responses to Timebound (The Chronos Files, book 1)

  1. […] was able to start fixing some of the problems her power-hungry grandfather created in Timebound, but she had a long way to go toward saving most of humanity from his evil plans, being carried out […]

  2. […] enjoyed this new book by Rysa Walker, but I liked Walker’s Chronos Files books better, just in that they were more original, and I liked all the crazy moving around time […]

  • Timebound (The Chronos Files, book 1)
  • by Rysa Walker
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Young adult
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