Release Date: January 1, 2014
Format: Audio MP3
Pages: Kindle: 366 pages | Audio Length: Approx 12 hours
Narrator: Kate Rudd
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Review Date: April 3, 2016
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.
Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and Kate’s genetic ability to time-travel makes her the only one who can stop him. Risking everything, she travels to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the killing and the chain of events that follows.
Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost, however—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does she have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?
As with most young adult books, there's some type of romance triangle. And as always, insta-love, or insta-lust is front and center. Obviously some of the romantic situations pop up at the most inconvenient times. For example, Kate takes a break from saving the world to enjoy her first kiss, or boyfriend, or crazy attraction...you get the point. Lucky for us, the two boys in the book are character crush worthy!
Not only does Kate have boy problems, she's clearly got family problems. Her father is gone, her mother is gone, her aunt isn't dead, her grandfather is a sociopath, on top of all that, her grandmother is from centuries in the future. Yep, she's got her hands full for a 16 year old.
Regarding the historical portion of the story line, I liked that the plot tied into in the 1893 killings that happened in Chicago during the World Fair. There was a serial killer on the loose during that time period and that part was the most exciting out of everything. Walker adds in a Scientology-like religion and some other interesting things that contribute to the easy going, yet consistently forward moving plot.
One of my complaints is that while Kate does have a lot grown up and serious situations going on, she still seems very young. I thought that her personality would feel a bit older being what the story is, but it's not. I hope that in the future installments Kate feels emotionally older even if she isn't age-wise. I want her to mature quickly being that she's got so much responsibility.
I listened to this on audiobook and I enjoyed it. This was my first time listening to anything narrated Kate Rudd and I think she did a good job. It was very easy to listen to while working and doing other things. I was able to understand what character was talking when. I could feel the changes from action scenes to the more emotional scenes and it was well delivered in both cases. She did a fabulous job with narration.
I'm not sure I'd recommend this for the hardcore time travel fans only because there are a lot of holes in the theory behind the time travel. But on the other hand, if you enjoy a fun light read and you like elements of time travel and are able not to think about it too hard and suspend disbelief for a short time, I believe you'll enjoy Timebound. While my audiobook list is pretty packed right now, I'll manage to squeeze in book two, so I'll be listening to Time's Edge in the near future. What about you? What did you think of Timebound?
Happy Reading & Listening,