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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 Paperback 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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Top Customer Reviews
The book is set in Victorian England where life in cities around the world are controlled by clock towers. The concept of Stopped time, where a city with a damaged clock tower could remain trapped within the same time forever, reminds me a little of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Where in Miss Peregrine’s, the people repeat the same day over and over, the townspeople in Timekeeper can’t escape the moment that all time stopped. These people can’t escape the bubble of Stopped time they’ve been trapped under. Well, enter the main protagonist, Danny Hart, who is the youngest clock mechanic who hasn’t seen in father for three years because his clock mechanic father has been trapped inside a Stopped town.
Prior to the start of the story in Timekeeper, Danny has undergone a stressful event and now fears working with clocks, but still wants find a way to save his father. He longs to be assigned to the clock tower that’s being built near the same area his father is currently trapped. However, the Lead, a man who oversees all the clock mechanics in London, decides to test the waters and assigns Danny to a relatively easier job first. He’s been assigned to Enfield where he meets a mysterious boy, Colton, the town’s clock spirit.
Danny and Colton are seriously the cutest. Tara Sim manages to incorporate a light-hearted loving feel into the text that reminds me of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. You can’t help but love them and ship them practically from the first moment they meet. However, we soon learn that humans can’t just fall in love with a clock spirit and thus, it is sadly a forbidden love.
The characters are wonderful and there’s a mystery sort of element to this story because there’s someone, or someones, who are planting bombs and destroying the clock towers. Now, there’s romance and mystery in this book and it’s fun trying to guess the perpetrator(s).
Danny’s story is heartbreaking at times. He’s lonely and lost at the beginning of the book and his only friends are Cassie, a car mechanic, and Matthias, his father’s friend who was once a clock mechanic. He doesn’t see or speak much with his mother, and hasn’t since his father got trapped inside a Stopped town. All the dynamics between the characters have a lovely depth to them that makes them feel so real. Danny and his mother have some gut-wrenching moments, but I can also see where they’re coming from.
The setting manages to incorporate Victorian England with a magical wisp of storytelling that brings the story to life. The clock towers are the literal force that keeps the world running. Without them, the world would go into chaos with time skipping, stopping, or any other number of things that could go wrong. This is such a fascinating concept to me, and I loved reading this book’s take on this. I also love Danny and Colton’s story not just as a love story, but the fact that it’s so nice to have a story set in 1875 and have LGBTQ characters be happy and, for the most part, accepted by their peers.
There’s an endless amount of time jokes in Timekeeper and I find them corny, but absolutely hilarious. It adds some light-hearted levity to the very serious nature that there’s the clock towers are being bombed, and could result in Stopping the towns.
I really enjoyed Timekeeper. There’s nothing about this book that would suggest this is Tara Sim’s debut novel, because it’s just so well done. There’s so many quotable parts and the ending most certainly took me by surprise. I can’t wait to read the next book to find out what happens next to Danny!
There comes a moment when time seems to slip faster, running long then short, shadows shrinking as the sun climbs. It’s the moment, he decided, when you’re no longer a child. When the concept of time and the need for more of it come together and make you powerless. Make you yearn for the longer days, the lazy days, before you knew what time passing actually meant.
***Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing for providing me an ARC through NetGalley***
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Sometimes you read a book and love it so much, in so many brilliant and beautiful ways, that when the time (ha) comes to write a review, or even discuss it with a friend, you can't think of a single thing to say, because nothing will even come close.
This was good. And "good" doesn't begin.
The plot has been pretty much covered (and is well-paced with some good twists; I saw them coming but still enjoyed the ride), so I'll just focus on two things I haven't been able to get out of my head since reading. The representation of grief, loss, trauma and PTSD... and the divine, searing, overwhelming pieces of... time.
"I was in an accident. I got out. I'm safe now."
From the first time Danny said those words, that mantra of head-preserving and breakdown-prevention, I knew this was something important. I actually gasped, because I *knew* what was happening here, I knew what had to have happened to him.
Sometimes you don't get out. Even if you do. Even years later. Sometimes you're never really safe.
But reading books like this, that show trauma and healing (even slow, even disjointed, even derailed) with such rawness, honesty, truth and importance... it helps. And the responses to trauma, different and all valid - Danny, his mother, Matthias, and his best friend Cassie (whose interactions I *loved*) have all been through horrible things, and they all respond in different, exceedingly realistic ways.
Sometimes trauma means you live with the scars. Sometimes you deal with them in ways that damage yourself or others. Sometimes it means you never leave home without buckling your seatbelt (and making sure others do the same).
The other piece of this book I adored beyond expression was the nature of time as an all-permeating, universe-vast force. Actually, this is what I sort of imagine "The Force" of Star Wars to be like: an ocean full of crashing waves. Not a spectrum of light and dark, good or evil; time and the Force are neutral parties, a wilderness, a depth that humans have not yet begun to plumb. But the deeper you go, the more of yourself you lose... but oh, the more you SEE.
Some books are like touching the face of God. Or at least tapping into unknowable magnificence, a tidal wave or a storm that threatens to sweep away fragile humanity in its beauty. I live for these glimpses. These fresh lungfuls of clean breath amid stale air. Timekeeper gives us many.
So very recommended.
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.
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