Time travel is serious business and in my opinion, it’s very, VERY hard to write. The premise of time is intricate: if one decision leads down one path, another decision must lead down another, creating the theory of parallel universes. When you introduce time travel into the equation, everything gets even more complex. Called the “Butterfly Effect,” if one travels back in time and changes even the slightest thing, consequences in the future can be catastrophic. Now a parallel universe has been created. Sounds cool...but the problem is that in order to get back to the world you once knew, you would have to travel back in time to the moment where the slight change occurred, and change it back. But be careful! If something else changes, you’re back to square one.
HOLY COW THAT’S INTENSE.
Can you imagine how difficult it would be to write a book that’s main theme is time travel? Not to mention a plot that focuses on man’s exploitation of time travel for personal gain? I’ll admit, I have grandiose dreams of writing a book about time…but I think I’m a couple decades away from that…I’m just not cut out for the topic…yet.
Rysa Walker is no joke. She’s the author of Timebound, The Chronos Files Book 1, a masterful time travel creation. It’s the 2013 Grand Prize and Young Adult Fiction Winner of Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award. When I read this book I was INCREDIBLY IMPRESSED by Ms. Walker’s ability to write the topic so well. Not only were the explanations and descriptions about time travel spot on, they were simple and easy to understand. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that Timebound deepened my understanding of time and the implications of traveling through it.
Rysa Walker (http://rysa.com/) was born and raised on a cattle farm in Florida’s panhandle. From an early age, she was delighted by the fantasy and sci-fi genres, but it was her grandmother’s tales of the past that sparked Ms. Walker’s love of history. Before she was able to make a living from her writing, she floated around the universe, jumping from one job to the next. According to her bio, she has been a lifeguard, waitress, actress, media producer, and college history and government professor. There are six books in the Chronos Files series: Timebound, Time’s Echo, Time’s Edge, Time’s Mirror, Time’s Divide, and Simon Says. She has a new piece, The Delphi Project, which is due out soon.
Timebound follows Kate Pierce-Keller, a teenage girl whose life gets turned upside down shortly after her estranged grandmother moves to town. While at dinner with her mother and grandmother, Kate notices that a medallion her grandmother is carrying glows with a bright blue light. What’s strange is that her mother doesn’t see the light at all.
The next day, everything changes. She arrives to school, but something isn’t right…the teacher doesn’t recognize her and her father, a teacher at the school, is nowhere to be found. Accompanied by a handsome classmate, Kate runs to her father’s cottage on the school grounds only to find that the house belongs to someone else. Panicking, she tries to call her mother, only to find out that her mother doesn’t seem to exist.
Timebound is a beautify written, captivating story about Kate’s genetic ability to time travel, and her quest to discover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance. Yes, the time travel component is stellar, but the story deserves just as much praise. This was a book that I simply couldn’t put down. The characters are endearing and relatable and the villains are loathsome and believable. I also love love LOVE that there is a religious theme in the story. I don’t want to give anything away, but if you’re easily offended by the idea of man using religion as a means to manipulate, then you might want to steer clear of this book. If that sort of thing is right up your alley (as it is mine), then click on the link above and BUY THIS BOOK. You won’t regret it.