7 out of 10 Muddy Crowns
Make no mistake about this book, it is a character drama through and through. If you want a sci-fi thriller you’d be happier picking up a Crichton novel. It’s a story of time travel, self discovery, complicated relationships and difficult life-altering decisions.
The story follows a teenage girl, Kate, as she time travels to stop her grandfather from altering events that have devastating consequences. Keeping up with the altering time lines is great fun. The historical accuracy that Walker gives to the story line is colorful and enticing. The contrast between time periods was written beautifully and with enough detail to allow the reader to see and experience the past through the 21st century protagonist’s eyes. Rysa particularly shines as she immerses you in the 1893 World’s Fair.
Though the characters were well developed, I found it hard to connect to Kate. Reading the story from her point of view was sometimes off putting as I wanted more than her inner dialogue and teenage notions. I’m not judging too harshly as I believe the book is probably quite popular to its key demographic (teenage girls). I also would have preferred a little more of a scientific explanation of time travel and CHRONOS. I’m still holding out hope that a sequel will answer more of those questions.
Still not sure if this is the right novel for you? It has even more to offer! The meaty plot of time travel, love and loss is laced with a potent anti-religious undertone that leaves the reader asking deep and profound questions. This, much to my delight, was an unexpected bonus. The villain in this story uses his knowledge and time traveling ability to go back in time to create his own religion, not only changing the lives of his family, but of the world. All in all, I’ve found Timebound to be a hearty and satisfying novel indeed.