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From School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—The first installment in a steampunk trilogy by a debut author focuses on the power of clocks. In an alternative Victorian London, time is kept in check by clock towers that were put in place so long ago that their origins have become part of mythology. Seventeen-year-old Danny is a mechanic tasked with keeping the clocks running smoothly to prevent time from fracturing or being stopped. Having time stop has been Danny's biggest fear ever since his father became trapped in a stopped town. The teen is assigned to a clock tower that keeps breaking down where he meets a strange and attractive young man claiming to be his new assistant. As Danny falls in love for the first time, he realizes that love can make people selfish or selfless, and he must decide between the two. In the book, homosexuality is no longer illegal but still weighs heavily on Danny's mind and plays into his other insecurities as the youngest mechanic on record. Part mystery and part romance, this fantasy novel delves into what it means to grow up and make important decisions. With an easily relatable main character struggling to fit in, the novel has a realistic and contemplative voice. Several chapters focus on the world's mythology, providing a secret history of the domain the characters inhabit. VERDICT A must-have richly written fantasy novel that will have readers eagerly anticipating the next volume. For fans of Cassandra Clare's "The Infernal Devices" or more mature works like V.E. Schwab's "Shades of Magic" series.—Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, FL --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
''Timekeeper is an extraordinary debut, at once familiar and utterly original. Between its compelling world, its lovely prose, and its wonderful characters, the pages flew by.'' --Victoria Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author
''Alive with myth, mystery, and glorious romance, Timekeeper will keep hearts pounding and pages turning til the stunning conclusion. Reader bewarethere's magic in these pages.'' --Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere
''Timekeeper is a triumph . . . If you read only one such book . . . let it be this one.'' --Bustle
''Timekeeper's premise is original and its world unique.'' --EW.com
''While the world is wildly interesting and fantastic, with broken clock towers that have left towns frozen in time, it's the emotional impact and diverse cast of characters that make this book soar . . . The resulting story is an exciting and inclusive one, drawing in elements of magic, mystical spirits, swoon-filled romance, and just so much more.'' --BookRiot
''Part mystery and part romance, this fantasy novel delves into what it means to grow up and make important decisions. With an easily relatable main character struggling to fit in, the novel has a realistic and contemplative voice. VERDICT: A must-have richly written fantasy novel that will have readers eagerly anticipating the next volume.'' --School Library Journal
''Sim creates a cast of complex and diverse characters, as well as a mythology to explain how the clock towers came to exist . . . an enjoyable, well-realized tale.'' --Publishers Weekly
''[M]ystery, LGBTQ romance, and supernatural tale of clock spirits and sabotage that explores how far people might go for those they love. Its strongest elements are the time-related mythology and the supernatural gay romance.'' --Booklist
''This LGBTQ steampunk romance sports a killer premise and admirably thorough worldbuilding, helpfully annotated in the author's afterword. The characters -- even the bad guys -- are sympathetically drawn and commendably diverse in sexuality and gender.'' --Kirkus Reviews
''An enjoyable start to a promising new trilogy.'' --BookPage
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It's set in an alternate Victorian England, where clocks hold together the fabric of time itself. Danny is a mechanic, who fixes those clocks. It's a very interesting premise, and I love the mythology behind it as well.
But for all that this is a fantasy story, it's also a forbidden romance, and a story about family and about the extent people go for the ones they love. These themes are sprinkled throughout, but the story is never heavy handed or sappy. There's a lot at stake, but the emotional realities of the characters drive the tension.
While I enjoyed the story here, I'm looking forward to the sequel, where hopefully the story will expand and we'll see even more of the side characters.
I’m someone who is very picky about romances in the books I read, especially when it comes to YA. It’s frustrating for me to read a romance that doesn’t feel real, but the romance between Danny and Colton is so sweet and refreshing, you can’t wish for anything but a happy ending for them. I also appreciated that the romance is well paced. It isn’t love at first sight, and is also realistic to the passions of a newly budding relationship, while still having the simple, sweet moments.
If you’re worried that the romance overshadows the plot of clock towers being sabotaged, you have nothing to fear. Though the romance does play an important role, it doesn’t take over the book, and comes to share the spotlight equally with the plot of finding out what the hell is happening, along with the fate of Danny’s father.
Overall, this is an excellent, solid, satisfying, and uplifting read. I eagerly recommend it for anyone looking for a breath of fresh air in the YA book world.
P.S. I LOVE BRANDON omg
Danny is a Timekeeper which means he has the ability to fix clocks, I know sounds easy, but when something goes wrong with the clock, the town is effected (example the 2 is missing, so time goes from 1:59 to 3:00, if the weights are wrong on the pendulum the town speeds up, if the clock stops, the town stops).
Danny is given an assignment to fix the clock tower in Enfield, he is unsure about this assignment since he is filled with anxiety and guilt after surviving an explosion at one of the other clock towers. Danny is told that he will be working with a new apprentice, something else that he is not happy about. After
showing up at Enfiled, he is met with who he thinks is the apprentice, a young quiet male who seems eager to learn and help Danny fix the clock. After a few trips out to Enfield, Danny realizes that the young male that was helping him was not the apprentice that was assigned to work with him, but is in fact the clock spirit for the Enfield Tower.
Danny has a hard time wrapping his head around the fact that clock spirits do exist, despite hearing rumors of one of the teachers at the academy fell in love with a spirit. Colton (the clock spirits name) has taking an extreme liking to Danny, and Danny finds out that Colton has been hurting himself, which in turns effects to tower, just to get Danny to come out there.
While Danny is fighting with his feeling for Colton, he is also trying to figure out how he can possibly save his father from Maldon. Along with trying to stop the other clock towers from possibly being destroyed. When I found out who was behind the attacks and why, I felt both anger and pity.
One aspect of the book that I enjoyed was the breaks in the story which explained the mythology background of Chronos and his children. I do hope that there will be more of that in the future books.
One character I hope shows up in the next book is Cassie. She is Danny’s best friend and she works as a mechanic fixing cars. When she first appeared in the book, I fell in love with her, she reminds me of Winry Rockbell from FMA.
I know Timekeeper just came out, but I am looking forward to the next book and seeing more of Danny, Colton and hopefully the rest of the characters.
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