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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 48 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Forever Young Audiobooks
- Audible.com Release Date: February 14, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N5W6SCL
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Timekeeper: The Timekeeper Trilogy, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged
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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***
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
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