Title: A Time To Reap
Author: Jonas Lee
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❝ Pemberton Academy is not just a school, it’s a gathering place for the children of the future that are afflicted with Temporal Displacement and Telepathy; in short, time travelers and mind readers who have been diagnosed with this “disease.” The Academy is not all as it seems after an explosion nearly takes one of its classmates, but not before Carter Gabel rescues her by using an unknown symptom related to his described illness. An unsanctioned group called the Program begins taking notice as the two classmates exhibit stronger abilities when they are together. Carter's sense of reality begins to unwind as he learns more about his estranged father's involvement with it all.The author provided me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. A Time To Reap gives an interesting spin on the idea of time travel, and features a protagonist who is likable and really funny.
Carter will have to overcome the past of his father leaving, the present of an unknown adversary hunting him down and a future that seems to change with each decision he makes. He will have to learn who to trust out of the people in his life if he wants to conquer the looming notion that the government may be hunting him down because of his developing abilities.❞
I'm really into the idea of time traveling and have read many books in the past that breached the subject. Sometimes it seems to be much of the same thing, but I was glad to find out that Jonas Lee gave the idea an original spin, with solid background information, specific names for abilities, regulations etc. He managed to make it into something original. Better yet was the fact that the book contained a lot of exciting action. It was fast-paced, with never a dull moment to make the reader feel bored.
What I loved best about this debut novel, was the protagonist. I could relate to Carter in the sense that he sometimes felt overwhelmed by all that was happening and made very human decisions. Moreover, his snarky, sarcastic nature made the narration really funny and enjoyable. His teenage thoughts and actions were amusing to read about, especially as I recognized so much of it from my own teenage years
Even though these points really made me enjoy the book, I had some small issues. For one, I did not like how Carter's relationship with Mo developed. I could tell from the moment that she was introduced, that they were going to end up together. That in itself wasn't so bad, but the entire relationship progressed so quickly that I was unable to feel the anticipation or elation that usually makes me root for couples. I did like the idea of the both of them becoming stronger when they worked together as a couple.
My other point of criticism was that the story was really confusing at times. I felt overwhelmed by names and abilities and it took me a while to grasp the concept of them. Moreover, towards the end of the novel Carter kept developing new abilities that left me clueless as to how he got them or what they meant, what he could do with them.
All in all though, these are minor slights in what is otherwise a really well written and enjoyable debut novel. If you're a fan of time traveling - or science fiction in general - I really recommend A Time To Reap.
3 stars because:
✓ Funny protagonist
✓ A lot of action
✓ Original spin on time travel
✗ Slightly confusing at times
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