Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Title: Timepiece
Series: Hourglass #2
Author: Myra McEntire
Genre: YA, Time Travel, Suspense
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication Date: June 12, 2012

I was a little hesitant when reading this book because of the change in character perspective. I got so attached to Emerson when I read Hourglass last year, and when I found out that Timepiece was from the perspective of Kaleb, my excitement kind of dwindled a little bit, because I wanted so much to read Emerson and Micheal's relationship blossom. Nevertheless I knew I loved Hourglass so I dove in, and I have to say I was really surprised. Not only did the change in perspective change the way I saw Kaleb, but it changed the way I looked at all of the characters within the book.

If you are not familiar with what Timepiece is about, here is the goodreads blurb: 
A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...

Kaleb Ballard's relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb's powers expanding, or is something very wrong?

Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...

The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.
Timepiece sheds new light on Kaleb as a character. To be perfectly honest, I didn't really like Kaleb in Hourglass. I found him to be selfish, misogynistic and a man slut. But in Timepiece we get to see things from his point of view, and I loved it. Even though I loved Emerson as the protagonist, I really do think that Kaleb added extra depth into the world that Myra McEntire had previously created. 
At times I found that the original Kaleb, from Hourglass emerged and I got a little annoyed at his snide, selfish comments. But I do think that that was done on purpose, to show that he is not perfect and that he is not like Micheal. I found that the comparison between the two men was palpable within Timepiece, not only were Kaleb's feelings for Emerson in the mix, but also his fierce competition with Michael for his fathers affections. I loved the rivalry and the way it played out.

Timepiece was a very solid and well written sequel that leaves you wanting more and more. I can't wait for the third installment to hit the shelves so I can find out which character we will get a glimpse of next, and what exactly happens to Kaleb and everyone in the Hourglass.

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