Timekeeper: The Timekeeper Trilogy, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Two o'clock was missing.
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time - and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It's a truth that 17-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors. And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems.
Danny's new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: He is the tower's clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield's time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden and means risking everything he's fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target, or he'll lose not only his father but the boy he loves - forever.
This is the stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 48 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||February 14 2017|
|Publisher||Forever Young Audiobooks|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #126,571 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#67 in Steampunk Sci-Fi Books for Young Adults
#150 in LGBTQ2S+ Romance for Teens
#238 in Historical Fiction for Teens
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Danny was such a great main character, and Colton is such a ray of sunshine. All the female characters were so amazingly diverse. Cassie was my favourite. I can’t wait see what happens next in book 2.
I thought this was a really strong intro to this series, but honestly felt like it was supposed to be a stand alone. It ended with an opening for a sequel (and obviously there is a sequel!), but it felt wrapped up and pretty complete from what we saw.
I really liked Danny's character, and Colton's as well. I thought they were really well done. They had a lot of personality to them. Both Danny and Colton had needs and wants that went beyond just the surface level. I liked seeing how they grew and helped each other throughout the story. And obviously the romance was super cute and swoon worthy!
I liked the way that English (colonial) history played into this, while still providing us with an "alternative" version of events. I thought there was a lot we learned about how things are "different" (like, clock spirits controlling time lol). But truly, the best part of the world building was that the characters themselves didn't know everything about the physics of their world. Danny knows how clocks work, but he only believes the gods and clock spirits to be legends until he meets them.
Even the clock spirits themselves don't have all the answers to how they operate or how they came to be. As a reader who was piecing it all together, it was perfectly paced that we were learning the world alongside Danny himself. It was nice to see that it wasn't all just plot and info dump on the reader but that we were learning alongside Danny at a comfortable pace.
There were some moments where I fell out of the story (any time we switched POVs randomly). That could be because I listened to this as an audio with only one narrator. I think that could have been tightened up in this. There was also a lot of progressive aspects of society and I know it is an alternative version of history but it seemed like it glazed over the idea of how these progressive aspects of society came about.
TLDR: I thought this was a really strong start to the series - a good mix of steampunk, alternative history, and romance. The characters could use a bit more development, but I'm hopeful that happens over the next books. I would have liked to see more about the protests and the options for time keeping, so I'm hoping that is in the next instalment. But this was honestly such a good, strong first book and I'm mad at myself for not reading it sooner!
Timekeeper is one of my anticipated books of 2016. It’s a story set in a world where clock towers control time, and if a clock tower is destroyed, time will stop. It’s a story boy who wants to save father from a city that’s clock tower broke.
The premise of this book is exciting, it makes you shiver, it makes you wonder, it makes you very very curious. What could a world which time is run by clocks entail? This book explores those ideas. When any part of the clock machinery has gone wonky, ripples occur in time. In the very beginning of the book we see Danny, our main character, trying to fix the tower where an hour on the clock as disappeared. Two o’clock was missing.
Timekeeper was a fun book to read, but I’ll be honestly, I was a little disappointed with it. I think it may have to do with my overexcitement for the book, I had a lot of expectations and some of them fell flat. The book is filled with a sense of subtle magic when it came to fixing time. Danny can feel the threads of time, which is why he’s a clock mechanic. People are born with this ability. And it’s a really cool to read. I loved all the imagery when Danny pulled at the golden threads of time. I loved the characters, and how Danny handles his PTSD. The characters, the actions, and plot that throughout the novel were great, but what was lacking was the atmosphere.
This series is set in Victorian London, but it didn’t feel like I was Victorian London. I think this is due to how close the narrative it to Danny. We see most of the story through him, and I guess the setting was very normal to him so there weren’t as many descriptions to the city. But that’s what sort of fell flat for me. I didn’t feel like I was in Victorian London. To be perfectly honestly, I didn’t feel like I was in Europe at all even though it’s set in England. The descriptions of the city were bland, and the characters felt very modern, which changed the atmosphere of the novel. Yes, this novel is sort of a steampunk, but I’ve quite a few other steampunk novels that had more of a historical presence than this book did.
Although the atmosphere was lacking, I did like the plot. There are a few twists that occur in the novel, where once you’re done reading you go “How did I not see that before?” It’s very entertaining and puts you at the edge of your seat. The romance between Danny and Colton is also really sweet even though they fall for each other quickly. They kiss very early in the novel, but it wasn’t so much a romantic kiss but a curious one, which was a nice change from novels where the first kiss is a full on make-out and confessions of true love.
Timekeeper was a captivating novel, and I’m very excited to see what’s in store for Danny in book two. This book left us off with many questions, and it’s set up to have some of the story set in India, which I’m really excited about. If you’re looking for a quick, fun, magic filled book about boys kissing, you definitely want to pick up Timekeeper.
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To start with the positive, I simply adored the concept. I love the idea of a world where clock towers control time rather than measure it. It's a tremendous idea and I really wish that I'd thought of it! The concept also fits the Victorian setting very well and did a great job of blending steampunk, science fiction and fantasy, giving the novel the overall feeling of a faerie tale.
I also loved the protagonists. Danny is a sympathetic character and felt very genuine. I loved him for his imperfections - his awkward relationship with his mother, his sense of guilt and inadequacy, his short temper. Colton made the perfect romantic counterpart for him, bringing light and innocence to counteract Danny's grief. The romance was very well handled and the scenes where Danny and Colton drew closer to each other were by far the best in the novel.
Yet the plot of the story felt awkward. It was incredibly slow moving and felt really narrow in scope. Beyond the focus on Danny's love life, the novel never felt as though it reached its full potential. The anti-clock protests never felt threatening enough and the eventual "twist" felt tacked on. The villain (as far as they could be called such) had a very weak plan and the way that they went about it felt very impractical and unrealistic. The novel also wrapped up too neatly, ending with a sting to tie in a sequel but otherwise tying up all loose ends far too quickly.
I also wish more time had been spent fleshing out the secondary cast as they didn't get a lot of time to shine. Both Daphne and Cassie have their roles to play in the climax but never weighed to heavily on the plot. The character who received the most focus was probably Brandon yet, again, ultimately he didn't play much of a role in the climax.
All in all, I actually really enjoyed this novel and will definitely read the sequel. However, I don't think this is one for everyone as beyond the excellent concept and protagonist, it doesn't have a lot of substance.
I thought the author had some great ideas, unlike so many books today. I had been worried that I would be annoyed by a US author writing about England, as so often they get phrases or places wrong, but I have to say I was not at all irritated and if I had not known better, would have thought the author was English.
The only annoying thing, really, is that if your kindle is set to load to the beginning, you miss out the map, and so I didn't know there was one until the credits at the end.