About the book...
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 is the bigger problem.
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!
See? What'd I tell you. Time travel with MANY a twist.
The basic breakdown is this...young lad, son of a time traveler and a norm reaches his "prime", follows a Tick Tock back to yesteryear, falls in love, and makes a mess of both the past and the future while discovering who he really is both by blood and by heart. How's that? Oh, but wait...there's still so much more!
Bet you're wondering what a Tick Tock is now, right? Well...it's these mechanical beings out of the time sync just like out travelers, only more so. They are steampunk-ish in nature, with minds (sorta) of their own, bent on remaking history in their image, or rather the FUTURE in their image and if Charlie and company can't get things sorted out, they just might succeed. Clockwork devices, mechanical marvels and curious dressing sound like your cup of tea? Ha...think again, while you still can that is. It's amazing the way the ripple affects become SO huge as they traverse time. Something as small as the creation of a door where there formerly was none, might save a life this time around versus its non-existence dooming a life previously, can set in motion changes you never dreamed of. While we're on the subject of characters, let's talk good guys and girls...
So, let's talk summary. Time travel? Check...just not in the traditional sense, if there really IS a traditional sense for this particular category. There's also this nifty write in where when they time jump their clothes, accents, money, everything changes to fit them into the period to which they've landed. (Personal favorite? The "I-was-a-new-iPhone-but-now-I'm-a-notepad-and-paper" transformation...love it!) History as it is and in the making? Check...with pretty scary and dire consequences if things aren't put back together again ala Humpty Dumpty. Characters you care to see through to the end? Check..that's affirmative on all counts; even the bad guys because really, you HAVE to know what happens to them or they come back like Mikey Myers all those times! Family? Check...even if time is threatening to unravel it to oblivion. Love interests? Check...there is a mix too with different levels of affection however this is also where my one gripe comes into play.
|Author Andy Gavin|
Andy Gavin is a serial creative, polymath, novelist, entrepreneur, computer programmer, author, foodie, and video game creator. He co-founded video game developer Naughty Dog and co-created Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. He started numerous companies, has been lead programmer on video games that have sold more than forty million copies, and has written two novels.
His first book, The Darkening Dream, has been well-received by fans and critics alike. Publisher’s Weekly called it “gorgeously creepy, strangely humorous, and sincerely terrifying.” Untimed is an even more ambitious follow-up. It is a lavish production with a cover by acclaimed fantasy artist Cliff Nielsen and twenty-one full page interior illustrations by Dave Phillips.