Timepiece by Myra McEntire
Release Date: June 12th, 2012
Egmont USA, 325 Pages
Sub-genre: Science Fiction
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Hourglass #2
A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking…
Kaleb Ballard was never supposed to be able to see ripples – cracks in time. Are his powers expanding, or is something very wrong? Before he can find out, Jonathan landers, the man who tried to murder is father, reappears. Why is he back, and what, or whom, does he want?
In the wake of Landers’ return, the Hourglass organization is given an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he’s stolen on the people who might carry the time gene, or time will be altered – with devastating results for the people Kaleb loves most.
Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Landers. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough…
The second installment in Myra McEntire’s Hourglass series is told from Kaleb’s perspective and oh, what a perspective it is! I love that Myra was able to execute a male’s POV so flawlessly. I honestly loved how raw and honest his narration was. In the first book, it was easy to see Kaleb as a meat-head with lots of tattoos and a rebel without a cause, but he actually has so much depth. He is a complex character that is incredibly well fleshed-out in Timepiece. I loved getting to know him, seeing Emerson and Michael through his eyes, and being able to experience his interactions with Lily grow into something heart-melting.
The plot, as usual, was full of twists and turns, “oh my goodness” moments, and plenty of suspense. I enjoyed being able to get the history of The Hourglass and the other characters that play important roles in this time-travel adventure. I really, really loved this book and I frankly adored Kaleb. HUGE kudos to Myra for letting us get to know that big lug…he’s a big teddy bear! And, oh!, the ending…beautifully crafted and wonderfully emotional.
I cannot wait for the next installment. I want to know more about Kaleb, Lily, Michael, Emerson, and everyone and everything. Even if you haven’t thought of time-travel as a sub-genre that you would enjoy, I can guarantee Myra McEntire’s expert crafting of her characters, plot, and world will be convincing enough!