Author: Myra McEntire
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Series: Hourglass (Book 2)
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 1606841459 (EgmontUSA)
ISBN-13: 978-1606841457 (EgmontUSA)
Reviewed by: Emmy
A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking…
Kaleb Ballard’s relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb’s powers expanding, or is something very wrong?
Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he’s stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.
Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough…
The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.
Quick & Dirty: The plot and humor were more engaging in this installment, and seeing everything from Kaleb’s perspective made for a great change of pace.
Opening Sentence: Maybe getting drunk and dressing up like a pirate for the masquerade was a bad idea.
By telling the second installment of the Hourglass trilogy from Kaleb’s perspective, McEntire gave us a fresh voice to fall into. We get to see Em and Michael together, happy and functional, without the usual drama needed to sustain a sequel. And, I loved Kaleb so much more. He has some serious issues and Michael and Em are growing tired of his antics. Classic bad boy: drinking, girls, angst, and totally self-destructive. Despite all his baggage he’s sarcastic and unapologetically nosey. He wants to be involved, which is not only a good quality in a hero, but a great one for moving the plot along!
I loved Lily and the way their relationship develops. Don’t mistake Kaleb’s hots for Lily as love-at-first-sight; they’re the dichotomy of that romantic cliche. Kaleb is still struggling with the fact that Emerson didn’t chose him in Hourglass, but Emerson’s not the only one who chose Michael over Kaleb. Along with all the family drama that happened in book one (Sorry for the vagueness, serious spoilers), Kaleb’s got some justification for his anger. We learn a lot more about Hourglass, Kaleb and Lily’s abilities and a group called Chronos, a group Kaleb’s father is determined to stay far away from. Chronos plays on the myth, but what they really want is the InfinityGlass — an ancient relic of unimaginable power. Because Kaleb’s nosey, he of course finds himself thrust right in Chronos’s path.
Jack is back with a cryptic message for Kaleb — killing him would be the worst mistake they’ll ever make. Then, right on his heels is Poe. Within the first few pages, Poe does something very dramatic. (Spoilers!) Now, Jack’s threatening to reverse time. To go back and return Em to her mental hospital and destroy Kaleb’s family for a second time. (Sorry, spoilers!) Given Jack’s unusual ability with memories, his threat isn’t empty. In fact, he’s already caused considerable trouble for Hourglass. He’s trying to change something. Something to do with his past — which he’s always erasing before they can discover who he is.
But how are Poe and Jack connected? How can they undo what Jack’s done? And what is the InfinityGlass? McEntire inspires a lot of questions and builds a plot much deeper than I expected to find in a sequel. As you can tell, this story is built almost entirely on Hourglass and spoilers — I highly recommend reading both because what’s not to love about time travel conspiracies? Humor, well-developed characters, and a very involved and layered plot will leave you very excited for InfinityGlass. I can’t wait to see who the narrator for book three is, since we’ve had a different love interest every time.
“Freak is my word, not hers,” Em contributed, her gaze bouncing back and forth between us.
“Whose word is jack hole?” I asked.
Lily kept going. “You might be comfortable with whatever your abnormality is, but mine’s not something I usually talk about, and it’s definitely not something I’d choose to discuss with you.”
“Did Em tell you the consequences if we don’t find Jack?”
“The people who want Jack claim to have a way to rewind time,” I informed her. “If we don?t find him and turn him over, they’ll rewind it. My dad will be dead, and Em will be a vegetable in a mental hospital.”
The Hourglass Series:
FTC Advisory: EgmontUSA provided me with a copy of Timepiece. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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