A while back, I read Hourglass by Myra McEntire. While I did get a little confused by all of the space-time stuff (let’s be honest that can get super confusing if you think about it too hard) I enjoyed the book quite a lot. I just finished reading the sequel Timepiece, and I really liked it too.
Here is the description from Goodreads:
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…
This was a great sequel to Hourglass, but I have to say, I was totally thrown off by the fact that it was told in Kaleb’s POV. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I felt like I was missing things when looking through his eyes. For example, we spent all of Hourglass waiting for Em and Michael to get together, but we don’t even really get to see it now, all we see are Kaleb’s thoughts about them tinged with jealousy. I felt like that was how it was through most of the book. We couldn’t get a clear image of what was really going on because everything was seen through Kaleb’s depressed viewpoint. This lessened toward the end of the book, but I still felt like he didn’t necessarily see things clearly.
On the other hand, I liked getting a better understanding of his power and of what it feels like being in a constant sea of emotion. My understanding of Kaleb has gone way up after this book.
This book progressed quickly. I never felt like there was a lag in the action or like I was forcing myself to keep reading in the hopes of getting back to the excitement. This book was well-paced on the action was well dispersed throughout the entire story instead of everything just blowing up at the end of the book – which seems to be how way too many are written.
I will admit that the time-thing is still kind of confusing. Trying to wrap my mind around all of the different time-lines and the space-time continuum problems would give me a serious headache if I spent too long trying to figure everything out. I think that while reading this series, it is important to take the time events and their timeline at face-value for what it says and not try to read to far into it or you won’t be able to follow the story.
Overall, I liked this book and am eagerly awaiting Infinityglass. As an aside, I am interested to see whose POV that book will be told from and would love to see it told from multiple.
You can find Timepiece on Amazon here.