Untimed by Andy Gavin


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Untimed – Book Review

Untimed by Andy Gavin is a Young Adult novel about a teenager named Charlie who discovers – quite by accident – that he is a time traveler. This shouldn’t have come as a surprise to him – after all, it runs in his family. However, his father never gets around to telling him about this unusual family trait until it is too late.

As a result, Charlie is completely unprepared when he winds up following a strange man – a clockwork man – through a wormhole, leaving life as he knows it in modern-day Philadelphia behind, and beginning a series of adventures and mishaps as he travels through time!

Charlie soon learns that time travel is much more complicated and dangerous than one would think. There are rules to be followed – and consequences for breaking those rules. Boys can only travel into the past. Girls can only travel into the future. And one should never, ever, do anything that would change the time line…

Charlie doesn’t mean to break the rules… but when he finds himself falling for a girl from the past, their actions accidentally cause a cataclysmic shift in the time line. Then, they must do everything within their power to change things back or suffer the consequences!

Sound like a great plot? It is – but there’s also a few things you should know about this book:

  • On the positive side, Andy succeeded in creating a one-of-a-kind universe with its own rules and an interesting storyline. From that perspective, I found myself wanting to learn more about how time travel worked. Those who enjoy fantastical stories involving time travel are going to enjoy this book – and will be looking forward to the sequel that is in the works!
  • On the downside, a book carrying the Young Adult label should be geared towards all members of that audience (which can include readers as young as 10-12). I could not help but feel that a great deal of the book was a little more adult than it should have been. The book contains a lot of coarse conversation and lewd behavior that does not advance, and often detracts, from the overall story.

Untimed is an imaginative  book – but one that would have been better without the gratuitous aspects. I hope the author will keep that in mind when he releases his sequel.

Untimed – Book Trailer

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About Andy Gavin

Andy Gavin

Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes.

His latest book is the young adult time travel novel, Untimed.

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  1. While reading your review I stepped into the dreamland. Time traveling wakes me up,
    unfortunately I live too far in not English speaking country. So I have no chance to hold that book in hands…Hope time machine will bring us together one day on once upon time clock.
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  2. Jaymie Shook
    Twitter: snacksformax

    I love learning about time travel too! An adult one on the subject that you might enjoy is “Archimedes Claw” by Dr. Theodore Homa. Thanks for the warning about some of the language, and for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  3. Naila Moon says:

    I read and reviewed this book last year. Great book.
    Your assessment of it is spot on.
    ~Naila Moon

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