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…
Design – Alison Chamberlain Photo – Lissy Laricchia Rating – 5/5
I love this cover. The colors are beautiful and I love how the shadows are coming in from both the top and the bottom. These photos are amazing and the perfect choice for this book series.
So I was surprised that Timepiece was from Kaleb’s POV and not Emerson’s, but I liked Kaleb in the 1st book and it was cool to see inside his head. Things get crazy and complicated really quickly in this book. I mean, there’s a murder in Chapter 2! I found Kaleb to be a surprisingly wonderful narrator and I adore this series.
- Lily – It’s so great that Lily got to be more of a main character instead of just being shoved into the best friend role. Lily is smart and sassy. She doesn’t hold back with anyone. She and Kaleb butt heads often because they are both pretty forthcoming with their opinions, but I enjoyed reading about the two of them getting to know each other and getting closer.
- Kaleb – In Hourglass, we only see a bit of Kaleb, while he’s drinking and crushing on Emerson. Now we get to see what’s going on in Kaleb’s head since his dad’s back from the dead (and so is Michael) and Emerson’s life is spiraling out of control. Kaleb’s power is sensing the emotions of others, but he’s got more than enough going on in his own life. Kaleb starts out drunk and hitting on a stranger while being moody about Emerson being with his best friend Michael. But Kaleb reveals himself to be a deeply caring person, especially in his interactions with Lily and Emerson.
- twists – The timeline is completely screwed up ever since the events of Hourglass, and Kaleb and his friends are trying to figure out how to fix it. Everyone with the time travel gene, including Kaleb, is seeing ripples from the past now, and they aren’t just a person anymore – they’re entire scenes from the past now. Jack Landers is playing with time and taunting the group. Kaleb doesn’t need provoking since Jack killed his dad, and now there’s the mysterious and deadly Poe who gets on Kaleb’s bad side really early on. The stakes are intense in this book.
- other characters – While Ava had a pretty large part in the 1st book, I feel like Nate and Dune have done nothing important in either book. I don’t remember what their powers are or really anything about them. This is worrying for me because the final book is narrated by Dune. Kaleb had an important part in the 1st book before becoming the narrator of this book, but I don’t have much interest in dune and I’m not sure if he can carry the epic conclusion of this trilogy.
“Stay here and stay down. Don’t take any chances. He can’t see you from the stage.”
“He has a gun,” she said from behind me, her voice choked with terror. I could feel it coursing through my fingertips to my brain. “Have you lost your mind?”
“A long time ago.” – Kaleb + Lily Loc. 204
We entered the building and approached the science department. I took Em’s arm. “Walk behind me.”
“Kaleb Ballard. That hurts me in my feminism.”
“It has nothing to do with feminism, and everything to do with the fact that a girl is sitting behind the counter,” I whispered, reaching for the doorknob. – Kaleb + Emerson Loc. 1609
Acquired: bought (ebook)