TIMEKEEPER (Timekeeper #1)
Author: Tara Sim
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Expected Publication: November 8th 2016
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Two o’clock was missing.
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
ARC received from author through a giveaway. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. I was hooked ever since I glimpsed the synopsis and I had big expectations for it. Boy did it meet those expectations…exceeded them even. Timekeeper is set in an alternative Victorian world where time is controlled by clock towers that are spread throughout, one in each town or city. If a tower gets damaged, time gets messed up and if it is destroyed, time stops at the specific town. Think fantasy, mythology, mystery and forbidden romance wrapped in with cool steampunk elements. The writing is clever, charming and lyrical at times. It just works so well with the setting, especially in describing clockwork, the magic of time and how it interweaves with destiny, fate and life.
Danny Hart and Colton, respectively. (How beautiful are these character cards?)
Our protagonist, Danny Hart, is a lonely clock mechanic who is doing all he can to save his father from a “stopped” town. He is the youngest and one of the best mechanics from the Clock Mechanics Union, but is constantly undermined and largely ignored at his work place. Colton is a clock spirit from the town to which Danny is assigned. He is sweet, unassuming and the most ADORABLE character ever!! 😍 The romance between them is so heart-warming. I loved every bit of their interactions and enjoyed the dynamics between them. There are scenes between them that are written so well that your heart will ache and soar.
Danny’s relationship with his mother and, overall, the tension between them after his father’s accident felt sooo real. It caused me a lot of pain. There are a lot of other great characters like Cassie, Brandon, Daphne and so many more. I did not expect to love them as much as I did. I want to see much more of them and I feel like that’ll happen in later books.
A series of accidents are happening in close-by cities and Danny is left to connect the pieces, trying to stop more towers from being bombed while trying to save his father who has been trapped in a “stopped” town for three years. In the midst of it all, he is forced to face the reality that his relationship with a clock spirit is forbidden. As the story moves forward, you can feel things spiral out of control. I felt Danny’s frustration and anger and despair. I literally had no idea how things would play out and I could not stop reading. There were twists and turns that blew my mind and kept me at the edge of my seat.
The romance and mystery- both executed perfectly- aren’t the only things going for this book though. There were themes of loneliness, guilt and humanity. About sacrifice, forgiveness and friendship. But most of all: love and how it blinds us to consequences.
This novel deserves so much hype! Get your copies and dive in.
Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.
Half-Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.
TIMEKEEPER (Sky Pony Press, Fall ’16) is her debut YA novel.
Find Author: http://www.tarasim.com/