I don’t know where to start, where have my words gone? My mind is so busy with the book I’m currently reading that it’s hard to write a review of the previous book I read, even though it has been only one day.
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
Things I loved about Timekeeper by Tara Sim
- The story takes place in Victorian England, which is as it is pretty cool, but it’s not exactly the same as our Victorian England. The technology is a little bit more advanced and the social norms are a bit loosened, being gay is actually accepted! Which brings me to the second point>>
- Danny is openly gay, and in historical books this almost never happens ever. I think he and his lover are so cute and realistic and I just adore them!
- The writing style is beautiful! I wish I could share some examples with you but it was specifically mentioned not to, because it is not the final copy of the book.
- The clocks! This is the most interesting thing about the book, the story takes place in a world where the time is determined by the clocks. The clock towers are what the time keeps ticking, without them, time would stand still. Danny’s father actually is stuck in a town because the clock Stopped, and now he is trying to save him.
Apparently this is the first book in a series (a trilogy maybe?), but I don’t really see how the story would continue, because the ending didn’t leave anything to wait for. Everybody’s okay and every problem is solved, so yeah I’m curious to what will happen then.
Another point that a lot of people might really enjoy in this book is the myths, the world has a lot of mythical stories about gods and how the world came to be as it is. But I didn’t like it, I guess I’m just not interested in myths in general. I found myself skipping over it.
I am going to give this book ★★★☆ (out of 5), it was a good read and really interesting. The story line was great and the characters too, there were a few things that annoyed me but overall a good book! I would recommend this if you like magic, historic fiction and LBGT+ books.
This book will come out November 1st 2016