I admit to being a fan of this author even before getting to read the book. Andy Gavin helped to create some of the great digital memories I have from my young life with his company, Naughty Dog Inc.
Untimed is an action-packed time travel novel by Andy Gavin, author of The Darkening Dream and creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.
Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, even his own mother can’t remember his name. And girls? The invisible man gets more dates.
As if that weren’t enough, when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously.
Still, this isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s this girl, another time traveler, who not only remembers his name, but might even like him! Unfortunately, Yvaine carries more than her share of baggage: like a baby boy and at least two ex-boyfriends! One’s famous, the other’s murderous, and Charlie doesn’t know who the bigger problem is.
When one kills the other — and the other is nineteen year-old Ben Franklin — things get really crazy. Can their relationship survive? Can the future? Charlie and Yvaine are time travelers, they can fix this — theoretically — but the rules are complicated and the stakes are history as we know it.
And there’s one more wrinkle: he can only travel into the past, and she can only travel into the future!
A lavish production with a cover by acclaimed fantasy artist Cliff Nielsen and twenty one full page interior illustrations by Dave Phillips.
I went into this with very high expectations because of my previous knowledge of Andy Gavin and Naughty Dog, Inc. I worked in the video game industry for many years and was well aware of who he was. That said, when I started the book I didn’t feel like it was going to meet those expectations. The first 100 or so pages of this book are completely different than the rest of the book. I did struggle a little through them and couldn’t get past some of the crude themes. This is marketed as Young Adult fiction and I think that’s definitely a correct audience for it. This is not something I would let a teenage child read due to some of the subject matter being a little over-the-top.
However, shortly after the scenery changes the book becomes rather intriguing and driving. I began to care about what was happening about the characters rather than just watching as they moved along the story line. I have a wee obsession with steam punk, so the idea of clockworks and that driving theme through the rest of the book was quite captivating.
Gavin’s writing style makes this book very accessible to people who may not read often and I can really appreciate that he was able to create depth in the characters without over-complicating their timelines or his own descriptions. While the first section was a struggle for me to make myself read through, I am happy that I did and got to experience the rest of the story.
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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.